Go Back to the Father

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The WORD in other words (2021) by Fr. Lino Evora Nicasio, SVD (The National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus)

Saturday 29th Week in Ordinary Time

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 It is a big temptation for us to be self-righteous, which usually leads to being judgmental of others.  Thinking so highly of ourselves, we tend to condemn others, especially when bad things happen to them.  We think or say: “Serves them right, bad as they are; ‘karma’ has befallen them.”  

Such behavior and attitude are un-Christian, for does not Jesus exhort us, “Judge not that you may not be judged”? (Matthew 7:1).  Instead, we should take to heart what Jesus tells us: “if you do not repent, you will likewise perish.”

The issue or focus here is ourselves and not other people, our sinfulness and not theirs.  We are to look into our lives and see what is wrong, and by the grace of God, be sorry for it and change our behavior and thinking.

That repentance/conversion is necessary is seen in Jesus’ parable of the fig tree.  The Lord looks at us and expects fruits of repentance, and if we have none, then we are in danger of being lost forever.  That the Lord is patient with us is a tremendous blessing which we should not take for granted, or worse, ignore. 

Time then for us to “go back to the Father” and ask His forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  It is not wise to delay or postpone this matter.  For as the Word of God reminds us: “Today if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts. . .” (Ps.95:7-8).

May the Lord be blessed, thanked, and adored for His patience with us sinners, remembering that His mercy endures forever! Amen.

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