A MERCIFUL GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE

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The central theme of today’s readings is a merciful God’s steadfast love. The readings remind us of God’s readiness to forgive sin, give the sinner a second chance, bind up broken lives, and restore people to His friendship. In the same manner, it also challenge us to show the same mercy to the sinners around us and to live as forgiven people, actively seeking reconciliation with God and with one another.

Jesus has shown inexhaustible mercy and compassion to sinners by dying for our sins. But we are often self-righteous, like the Pharisees, and ready to spread scandal about others with a bit of spicy gossip. We are judgmental about the unmarried mother, the alcoholic, the drug addict and the shop-lifter, ignoring Jesus’ command: “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Let us learn to acknowledge our sins, ask God’s forgiveness every day and extend the same forgiveness to our erring brothers and sisters. We need to learn to hate the sin but love the sinners, showing them mercy, compassion, sympathy and acceptance, leading them to Jesus’ ways by our own exemplary lives.

Source: Excerpted from Gospel reflection by Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://frtonyshomilies.com

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