Dear Parishioners and Visitors,
God uses his power to show the depth of his mercy and love for us all.
April 7, 2019
In the crucifixion narrative, God displayed his profound love for humanity, expressed by Jesus' passion and death on the cross. The fact that God willed that His only begotten son dies a criminal's death, the lowest death any human being could experience, is indeed a sign of God's plan for our salvation. Christ's death on the cross was vicarious, that is, Christ suffered and died on behalf of a sinful generation so that they might have the opportunity to receive everlasting life. As John 3:16 reminds us "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Christ's death on the cross is redemptive; his death redeems us from the bondage of all that which divides and thus unites us with our heavenly Father. Jesus came into the world to redeem humanity through his passion and death on the cross.
We have all sinned. We have all experienced irresistible shame. Even if the sin is not discovered, our own self-accusatory voice can be so loud in our head that it drowns out the gentle voice of Jesus, telling us to begin ; again; to repent and sin no more. Hence, if we cannot believe ourselves forgiven, how will we ever be able to move out of what the philosopher Ivan Illich describes as "our self-imposed cages"? Mercy when we receive it helps us show mercy ourselves.
Lord, you who opened the ears of the deaf and the eyes of the blind, let me hear your words of forgiveness; let me see and believe in the possibility of a better life-a life of redeeming grace. The story of the adulterous woman brings us in touch with the body of Christ, of Jesus who is risen from death, and of Jesus who is all present among us to lead us to the father's forgiveness. Brothers and sisters if we sincerely trust in the Lord, He will not disappoint us. The Lord invites us today to restore our hope, faith, trust, and love in God our merciful, most kind, and ever forgiving Father. I implore you dear friends in Christ, to think about those areas in your life, where you need to experience love, mercy, and healing. If you seek the Lord, like the adulterous woman, with openness to God's grace and mercy, he will not fail your heart's desire. This is what the resurrection account is all about! Out of depth of His love for us, Jesus offered his life as a sacrifice to save us, and in particular Jesus came to reconcile us to God. Jesus is the bridge between God and us.
-fr. Peter Damian, O.P.