Old Testament scholars of the law were saying that when God comes he’s going to be mad and that’s bad news. He’s going to crack down on the law so you better get ready.
Then Jesus came and the first words out of his mouth sound more like good news instead of bad news. He says, “The reign of God is at hand, reform your lives.” Which means, change your lives and believe in the good news. He went around their villages preaching mercy and forgiveness, and healing those in need, even lepers. Instead of trying to intensify the law and pretend you are perfect, come instead and let God give you, as a gift, mercy and forgiveness. He goes on to say we can even call God ABBA (father).
So let’s stop pretending we have earned this gift, because God wants to give it to you like a mother who gives all she has to her child. The people were shocked because God wants to give away mercy and forgiveness too freely. Yet so must we who are his people.
Try to make time this week to listen to his voice in prayer, and listen for those who need to be forgiven. Perhaps you will be inspired to reach out to a neighbor or reconcile with an estranged family member. Let us always choose to love as he loves, forgive as he forgives, and show mercy as he has shown mercy freely up us.
St. Joseph, pray for us !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.