” Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”.——– The Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Gaudium, the Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis
Recently a group of us, several of whom are already writers of this blog, met. Starting this month, we will read, learn and discuss on the Holy Father’s teachings. Once a month, we will meet in church for our session. Today, I am going to write about what had struck me so far through my reading of the book.
Truly, whether you’re baptized or not, whether you’re prayerful or whether you are a good and faithful Christian, like me, WE are all guilty of shunning God’s love, not once but far too many times. Sin is reducible but not preventable, no one can outrun sin as it is a part of Human nature.
Sin….. We can reduce sin but cannot completely stop ourselves from sinning. Even worse, we ourselves most of the time do not know that the very thing we do is far from right, even if we think so, and we may choose to be blind to sin. Like, for example, getting angry in an effort of justification.
Recently I got into a fight with one of my good friends from ITE. This guy while tolerable most of the time always talks about dirty stuff. It was not until three weeks ago, on Wednesday, when my patience and temper ran short. I was determined to stop him from saying all these perverted remarks in front of me and the rest of our peers. Our peaceful argument turned into a brawl. My anger got the better of me as usual.
Praise God, we reconciled with each other last week. Though we had forgiven each other, I still need the forgiveness of God because as I was getting angry, I thought that mine was, well, for a just cause. I even thought I was serving God in a way by being a “prophet”, a person who speaks the truth, I also shunned God’s divine grace by getting into a fight. Lord, truly I am sorry.
However, no matter what, I will remember that God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another ” seventy times seven” (MT 18:22) has given us his example: he will forgive us each time we turn to him and beg for mercy. How great is our God! This quotation from Matthew 18: 22 was in the part of the Gospel of Joy we read that night.
Like what Pope Francis tells us, God’s love is unconditional and never expires. No matter how ill your sin might be, God will always forgive us. So, my dear Brothers and Sisters, we need not be afraid to acknowledge our sins and confess to the Lord. Jesus is our Redeemer. God’s Son died on the cross just to take away our sins and so he will forgive all of us. Do not think that God will be too angry and not forgive you. Get rid of that thinking. God is our Father and he loves us all and wants all of us to return home to him.