As a new school year is about to begin, it is time to work and pray that we do not see the episodes of bullying that were a part of the last school year. This weekend’s scripture reminds us that God’s unmerited love is here for all people. The woman in the Gospel is NOT a second class or second rate person …. the first opportunity for salvation was going to be given to someone else …. but there was/is equal opportunity and equal access to all.
> Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to his love, the future to his providence. [Augustine of Hippo]
> Whoever falls from God’s right hand is caught in God’s left. [Edwin Markham]
> Our faults are like a grain of sand beside the great mountain of the mercies of God. [St. John Vianney]
If God is so good and forgiving, if I am depending on his mercy, how is it possible for me to even think of denying another forgiveness or belitting someone, or making anyone feel second class or “less than”.
In his thought-provoking [controversial?] book Love Wins author Rob Bell shares many scriptures where God’s mercy and comapssion outweigh his wrath ….
Jeremiah 32: God says, “I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety.”
Lamentations 3: “People are not cast off by the Lord forever, though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.”
Hosea 14: I will heal their waywardness and love them freely for my anger has turned away from them.”
Zephaniah 3: “God will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Micah 7: “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities in the depths of the sea.”
Let us first shower ourselves in God’s mercy … his underserved love that I am called to enjoy …. and then extend it to others. God’s house is a house of prayer for all people!
fat, skinny, black, white, with papers and without papers, gay and straight, old young, rich and poor, “clean and not so clean”, …. all are welcome!
Let’s sing and pray like we have something to celebrate!