I had a long conversation today with my supervisor about our lives and the directions we are going. She is going through a lot and is struggling with some issues. I am also having issues, as we all do, but I have a grace of peace about me that is hard to explain but very real and noticeable as she has told me. We talk often about Jesus and striving to do our best to understand and do his will. We also remind each other that when we fail, we have a merciful and loving God.
So I am looking at the first reading from Micah, the Responsorial Psalm (The Lord Is Kind And Merciful) and the Gospel of Luke and they are all about mercy. Not much more to say than to let you read God’s words of Love and Mercy for each of us. We are blessed!
Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; Who does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency, And will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our guilt? You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins; You will show faithfulness to Jacob, and grace to Abraham, As you have sworn to our fathers from days of old. (Micah 7:18-20)
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills. He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
He will not always chide, nor does he keep his wrath forever. Not according to our sins does he deal with us, nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12)
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)