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"God’s gifts of reconciliation, unity and peace are inseparably linked to the grace of conversion, a change of heart which can alter the course of our lives and our history, as individuals and as a people."
— Pope Francis
Holy Week: Prayer for Reconciliation

March 24, 2016 — This Holy Week, we invite you to pray with the Jesuits of Canada and the U.S. 

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2 Corinthians 5:15-20

He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer.

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.

And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

An excerpt from a letter from Father General Adolfo Nicolás to Jesuits worldwide:

We use the same language as Saint Paul when he describes reconciliation as the culminating work of Christ on the cross, a work that we, his apostles, must carry forward: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”

If we do a simple analysis of what Jesus has done in this area of reconciliation, we discover the following elements: Forgiveness Healing Empowerment Mission. It is clear … that these remain the most important and necessary elements in our own time for the many situations where reconciliation is needed.

  • Forgiveness, so as not to remain helplessly fixed on past offenses.
  • Healing, so as to restore to the offended or the exploited their dignity and their humanity, a process that requires much time and patience.
  • Empowerment, so that every person can help establish filial bonds that recreate God’s family around a common table.
  • Mission, because a person restored in dignity places himself or herself at the service of humankind in a multitude of ways.

Such reconciliation, with its roots in the Gospels, affects the whole person and all persons. This is what Saint Ignatius, in his desire to help us be faithful to the mission of Christ, wanted for all who experience the Exercises.

Reflect

  • Whom must I forgive? Of whom do I need to ask forgiveness? How do I bring about healing?
  • As I reflect on the current state of our world, where is the greatest need for healing and reconciliation? How can I serve as a minister of reconciliation?

Pray

Christ, who suffered and died to reconcile the world to the Father, grant me the grace to be your minister of reconciliation.

[Source: Central and Southern Province]





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