Last night we met at St Joseph's Church, Aylesbury to hear from Fr John Beirne about what it means to be forgiven. He asked us to reflect on
Who are our heroes? What qualities do you admire? Who did Jesus admire?
He then reminded us of the stories of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son and suggested that Jesus would admire the qualities of some of the characters in these stories. The second story led him to ask us to think about a time when we were ever hungry and had to go without food, lonely or with no money in a strange place. We thanked God that none of us had ever been in this situation, but Fr John highlighted that it was through his suffering that he realised he needed to return to his father and ask for forgiveness. He asked us to think about how we want to be in life and what our priorities are.
Fr John then asked 'why can we forgive?' and we discussed the fact that it is important to remember that people have the potential to be good. It was also highlighted that we can forgive because God forgives us, unconditionally.
We then had a chance to ask God's forgiveness or to ask God to help us to forgive others. We were given a stone and to think of somebody or something that we need forgiveness for or to forgive as we held the stone. Then we dropped the stone in the water and as we listened to it hit the bottom we recalled Micah 7:19:
You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
A huge thank you to Fr John Beirne and all of you who attended last night to make it a good evening. See you next month in Chesham for the next lux.teachings!