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The First Reading Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.

Resentment and anger, these are foul things,
and both are found with the sinner.
He who exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord,
who keeps strict account of sin.
Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you,
and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.
If a man nurses anger against another,
can he then demand compassion from the Lord?
Showing no pity for a man like himself,
can he then plead for his own sins?
Mere creature of flesh, he cherishes resentment;
who will forgive him his sins?
Remember the last things, and stop hating,
remember dissolution and death, and live by the commandments.
Remember the commandments,
and do not bear your neighbour ill-will;
remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook the offence.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 102
The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

  1. My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
    all my being, bless his holy name.
    My soul, give thanks to the Lord
    and never forget all his blessings. Response

  2. It is he who forgives all your guilt,
    who heals everyone of your ills,
    who redeems your life from the grave,
    who crowns you with love and compassion. Response

  3. His wrath will come to an end;
    he will not be angry for ever.
    He does not treat us according to our sins
    nor repay us according to our faults. Response

  4. For as the heavens are high above the earth
    so strong is his love for those who fear him.
    As far as the east is from the west
    so far does he remove our sins. Response

The Second Reading Romans 14:7-9
Alive or dead we belong to the Lord.

The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation 1 Sam 3:9
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life.

or Jn 13: 34
Alleluia, alleluia!
I give you a new commandment: love one another, just as I have loved you, says the Lord.

The Gospel Matthew 18:21-35
I tell you,not seven, but seventy-seven times.

Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.

'And so the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; but he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt. At this, the servant threw himself down at his master’s feet. “Give me time” he said “and I will pay the whole sum.” And the servant’s master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt. Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him. “Pay what you owe me” he said. His fellow servant fell at his feet and implored him, saying, “Give me time and I will pay you”. But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt. His fellow servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him. Then the master sent for him. “You wicked servant,” he said “I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?” And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt. And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’

The word of the Lord.


Thanks Padre

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Safi sana.
The message of forgiveness resonating perfectly with our day to day life. Let’s forgive our transgressors and the Lord watching from heaven will bless us and forgive our sins.
Jesus said Seventy - seven times. We should should forgive our fellow human beings at least 490 times each per day. I don’t think that threshold can be reached by one transgressor per day.


Praise be to GOD .

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Morning Padre ombea sisi kwa service Sande sana

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Thankyou @Liberty .

May the word of God find a dwelling place in a sinner’s heart.


Praise be to God.

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My immediate neighbour is a big headache, she shit in her house and direct the seawage to the road !I must deal with her ,chorela is real . Meanwhile pray for me not to wake up one morning and smash her to pieces !

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In the spirit of today’s readings, forgive her but look for some of her friends au watu watatu hivi muende mumwambie awache hii tabia. Just air your concern to her.

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I feel you.
Just talk to her, akileta kichwa niite.

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how does one really know he has forgiven his neighbour