“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is near. Let the scoundrel forsake his way and the wicked his thoughts, let him turn to the Lord for mercy, to our God who is generous in forgiving. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.”
The scripture readings at Mass these past few weeks have put great emphasis on forgiveness. We are invited to reflect on our ability to forgive others and ourselves. We are reminded to seek forgiveness from God and from others.
Sometimes we tend to pass quickly over one or another of these three. How important that I seek the forgiveness of God. Our act of contrition or acts of penance direct us to God’s mercy. Our willingness, not to bear a grudge or get even, but to understand someone else and say “that’s o.k.” is life giving. I admit my own shortcomings and realize that I am not always right and need to say “I’m sorry.” Finally, I must learn to forgive myself and not dwell on my wrongs but get up and move on as a forgiven and forgiving person.
Yes, forgiveness is the power I have in my hand and heart.
“We, who are used to experiencing the forgiveness of sins, perhaps too ‘cheaply’ should at times remind ourselves how much we cost God’s love. Each one of us cost a lot: Jesus’ life! He would have given it also for just one of us. Jesus didn’t go to the cross because He cured the sick, because He preached charity, because He proclaimed the Beatitudes. The Son of God went to the cross above all because He forgave sins, because He willed the total, definitive liberation of the human heart. Because He does not want the human being to be consumed his whole life with this ineffaceable ‘tattoo’, with the thought of not being able to be received by the merciful heart of God. And with these sentiments, Jesus goes to encounter sinners, which we all are” (Pope Francis, General Audience, September 6, 2017). Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!
Listen to my homily today:
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish