Twenty - fourth  Sunday Year C

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
(Mahatma Gandhi)

In his book, Capital of the World, Ernest Hemingway wrote about a father in Spain who had a son named Paco. Because of his son's rebellion, Paco and his father were estranged. The father was bitter and angry with his son, and kicked him out of the home. After years of bitterness, the father's anger ended and he realised his mistake. He began to look for Paco, with no results. Finally, in desperation, the father placed an ad in the Madrid newspaper. The ad read, “PACO, ALL IS FORGIVEN. MEET ME AT THE NEWSPAPER OFFICE AT 9AM TOMORROW. LOVE, YOUR FATHER.” Paco (Francis) is a rather common name in Spain, and Hemingway wrote that when the father arrived the next morning, there were 600 young men ‘all named Paco’ waiting and hoping to receive the forgiveness of their fathers.

Forgiveness is my giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.



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