The word can make you lament for past acts or words.
those which hurt others for no good reason,
is there ever a good reason?
Let me feel sorrow for those I have wronged.
And enjoy forgiveness received and yet to come.
“As you enter a house, wish it peace.”
Gospel of Matthew
How do we move our hearts into a place where offer “no resistance” to those who are evil to us? I don’t think God is instructing us not to protect ourselves or those who may hurt us in a time of war or peril, but rather to have a open heart to all those who do evil and add pain to our lives.
I see this as almost having “forgiveness” built into to our nature, we do not judge, we might pray for those who are afflicted with “an uncaring heart” or “nature”. Of course we know that these things are also often a product of others treatment of them, either instructing them poorly, or setting an example that is not what God would want.
Today, perhaps we can examine who are treating in a less than forgiving way, that may lead us towards a purer heart.
Jesus tells us that we must be compassionate in our heart when it comes to forgiveness or holding anything back. He wants us to be right with Him first, before we offer gifts or worship in His honor. If we offer praise to God but are still holding a grudge for someone, are we really worshiping God?
I believe the Gospel today tells us that the interior life, our personal relationship with God is where He wants to meet us. To truly forgive others, to make recompense when we have done wrong to others, to not judge others. This gifts from this interior life and relationship with God are immense and outlined in detailed in the work of Saints such as St. John of the Cross, or Saint Theresa of Avila.
Let us move closer to Him today, in His love.