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Sunday, September 16, 2007

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24th Sunday Ordinary Time

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Psalm 51
Luke 15:1-32

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"I have been treated mercifully, and the grace of our Lord has been granted me in overflowing measure." —1 Timothy 1:13-14

Most of us believe we're forgiven. At least we know it in our heads. We may feel it a little in our hearts. Yet how many have experienced and realized the fullness of our heavenly Father's forgiveness? How many of us have ever experienced God running to meet us, throwing His arms around us, and kissing us? (Lk 15:20) How many of us know what it means to wear the robe of Christian dignity, the ring of God's acceptance, and the shoes of true freedom? (Lk 15:22) Many have received forgiveness, but how many have celebrated that forgiveness? (Lk 15:23-24).

The Lord wants us to experience His forgiveness to the full so we will be empowered to tell the world "that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Tm 1:15). Like heaven, we will have more joy over one repentant sinner than over all the righteous people (Lk 15:7). The great saints are those who have never gotten over the Father's loving forgiveness. They are eternally grateful and "sing of the mercy of the Lord forever."

Prayer:  Abba, may I desire to celebrate Confession because I have experienced Your forgiveness.

Promise:  "Have mercy on me, O God, in Your goodness; in the greatness of Your compassion wipe out my offense." —Ps 51:3-4

Praise:  Praise You, Jesus! You took on death and sin and burst glorious from the tomb. Your love and mercy endure forever. Alleluia!

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our leaflet Fourteen Questions on Forgiveness or on audio tapes AV 106A-1, AV 106A-3, AV 106B-1 or video tapes V-106A, V-106B.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 14, 2007

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