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Hebrews 4:12-16
Psalm 19:8-10, 15
Mark 2:13-17

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jesus of mercy

“People who are healthy do not need a doctor; sick people do. I have come to call the sinners, not the self-righteous.” —Mark 2:17

Pope Francis has said: “The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a medicine for sinners.” “For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but One Who was tempted in every way that we are, yet never sinned. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and favor and to find help in time of need” (Heb 4:15-16).

“The law of the Lord is perfect” (Ps 19:8). We humans are far from perfect. However, God comes to us before we think of coming to Him. This is sheer mercy. God loves us first (1 Jn 4:19), and wants to reassure us: “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20).

It’s as though God spends His time thinking of new and creative ways to make sinners realize they are loved, wanted, and welcomed by Him. He sent His Son to be nailed to a cross. Jesus allows Himself to be contained in a host and chalice in the Eucharist. He lets Himself be housed in a tabernacle day and night. He has revealed His Sacred Heart and His Divine Mercy so the world can know the extremes of His mercy.

What more can He do to get our attention? He has done it all. He has paid the price amid much persecution and rejection, and He continues to wait patiently for our loving response.  Will you console His merciful heart by giving your heart to Him?

Prayer:  Jesus, You gave Your life for me. I give my entire life to You.

Promise:  “The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.” —Ps 19:10

Praise:  When reading about those who commit serious crimes, Ben prays, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

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