TURN TO GOD FOR MERCY AND FORGIVENESS
All of today’s readings celebrate the mercy of God. Strict justice would have struck down the worshippers of the calf, the persecutor of Christians and the wastrel son. Lucky for us that God’s justice is sweetened with mercy and prefers to offer forgiveness.
Every saint has a past and every sinner a future. (Wilde) Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Sinners were flocking to Jesus to hear his words. What did he have or say that attracted sinners? In my words and demeanour do I give across that same understanding, welcome and hope? It was amazing how many people came to confess their sins on the occasion of the visit of the relics of St Therese to Ireland. What can we read into that? What message did her visit give to people? It appears that there is a large constituency of people ready to respond if they hear about the tender mercy of God.
Nothing shows forth God’s love so much as God’s willingness to forgive. As a result, the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say. (Cf. Silvester O’Flynn, Sunday Seeds)
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP