All three readings for this Sunday focus attention on Divine forgiveness, and of course, our human waywardness that is in need of forgiveness. Each reading considers this notion of Mercy from a somewhat different angle. In the Gospel, God seeks out sinners like the shepherd who seeks the single lost sheep, and like the woman who searches for the one lost coin, and like the father who runs out to embrace the prodigal son. In all the cases, the one who did the seeking did so rather ‘un-calculatingly’. Love is at the centre of mercy – and love in not calculating. We cannot begin to understand forgiveness until we begin to love.
Love, taken to the extreme, is captured in the God giving us Himself in the Eucharist. This love, taken to the extreme, also sees Him giving us the very sacrament that takes away our sins – the sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. All we have to do is to confess our sins with a contrite and repentant heart before a priest – and all is forgiven. Perhaps it is time to think about going to confession, and learn to experience God’s forgiveness through it. Remember, it is God who seeks us before we begin to think about seeking God. We are only ask to respond to Divine love and mercy.
E te Ariki tohungia ra Matou (Lord have mercy) Fr Michael