We celebrate ‘Forgiveness Sunday’ as we prepare to enter the journey of Great Fast beginning on Monday, February 12th. Our first step in any journey is often the most important. You and I are called to celebrate forgiveness in our life. Ask yourself if you covet any anger or malice against anyone in your heart and mind. Are there some prevailing negative thoughts or feelings which need to be cast aside to free yourself of unneeded baggage for your journey of coming closer to the Lord? Our best efforts are minimized if we fail to forgive and to seek forgiveness. Recall Jesus’ own words, “leave your gift at the altar and go first and be reconciled with your brother and then come and offer your gift” (Mt 5:24). Jesus told the people that “if you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions” (Mt 6:14-15). Today, and always, as you and I enter the holy journey of Great Fast, let us enter with a reconciled heart filled with forgiveness given and forgiveness received!