The Need For Forgiveness

12 Jun 2016 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on The Need For Forgiveness

SCPS-150402-018Do you see a common theme present in all three Scripture readings today? If anyone was God’s favorite in the Old Testament it was David. If anyone was the people’s favorite it was David, so much so that the Messiah/Savior was to come from David’s line. Yet, David was not without sin as the tale of his indiscretions with Bathsheba reminds us.

What is more important, however, is David’s immediate willingness to admit he has sinned. This is what endeared him to God. We find this quality further fine-tuned in the Gospel story wherein the protagonist may very well have had a disreputable past, but what counts in Jesus eyes is that her life is now changed because she loves Him much. These two examples of sanctified repentance are in contrast to the Pharisaic mentality which, mistakenly, fails to recognize the need for forgiveness. And believes one can live a good life by one’s own resources alone without any help (grace) from God.  This attitude is what St. Paul alludes to in today’s second reading.

It’s a big mistake to think that an attempt to adhere to external rules alone, without the gift of love attached, and without the admission that we often fall short, will please God!

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