Drawing upon the official teachings of the Church, we focus on Christ as the One True Teacher.
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We have contemplated our Master's words in the Gospel, which state that nothing shall be hidden, all we will do shall be made known to everyone else. As we seek to learn from Our Lord, follow Him, and grow in virtue, we contemplate His role in our lives. He came down from Heaven "not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13), to forgive sins, and to teach. But, He came most of all, to die for the sake of humanity and thereby reconcile sinners to God (CCC 613-623). As Our Lord ascended the Cross, the Tree of Life, He began to preach His last and final sermon. Our Lord began that last sermon of love by appealing to His Father for our salvation: "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). Likewise, we learn from the Crucified Lord to forgive.
. . . as we forgive those who trespass against us
2842 This "as" is not unique in Jesus' teaching: "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect"; "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful"; "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." It is impossible to keep the Lord's commandment by imitating the divine model from outside; there has to be a vital participation, coming from the depths of the heart, in the holiness and the mercy and the love of our God. Only the Spirit by whom we live can make "ours" the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. Then the unity of forgiveness becomes possible and we find ourselves "forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave" us.
2843 Thus the Lord's words on forgiveness, the love that loves to the end, become a living reality. The parable of the merciless servant, which crowns the Lord's teaching on ecclesial communion, ends with these words: "So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart." It is there, in fact, "in the depths of the heart," that everything is bound and loosed. It is not in our power not to feel or to forget an offense; but the heart that offers itself to the Holy Spirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memory in transforming the hurt into intercession.
2844 Christian prayer extends to the forgiveness of enemies, transfiguring the disciple by configuring him to his Master. Forgiven...
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