September 25, 2005
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Ezekiel 18:25-28, Psalm 25, Philippians 2: 1-11, Matthew 21:28-32
"Remember your mercies, O Lord!"
How easy it is for us to hold grudges! Today, Jesus faces the Pharisees and scribes who cannot seem to accept the ministry that began with St. John the Baptist and continues with Christ, the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). The tax collectors and prostitutes found forgiveness from God in the repentance preached by John. They found welcome from Christ in his ministry to the sick and the outcast. The Pharisees and scribes, however, simply could not look beyond these people’s past sins. The Pharisees and scribes were trapped by their own sense of holiness.
In the past two weeks, Jesus has made it very clear to us that the generosity of God knows no limits. He is infinitely forgiving, and his gifts are for those to whom he wishes to give them, despite past sins. God wants to love us. How often we refuse to experience the love of God ourselves because we do not want him to love others!
Part of this grudge may come from the fact that we think it is much too easy for sinners to repent. Somehow, we feel their punishment should be harder, more severe. When I experience the sacrament of reconciliation, when I celebrate it as a priest hearing another’s confession and as a sinner offering my own confession, I am often surprised at how easy it is to find forgiveness from God. If we feel that another should be punished more severely for their sins, I wonder if we have not forgotten how easy it was to find forgiveness for our own sins.
When we see someone else who has sinned repent and seek forgiveness, are we able to welcome that person back in to the family of Christ?
Do we remember how easy it is for us to find forgiveness so that we can be more generous with others who have sinned?
List of all Reflections:
|02/11/2014||Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/29/2014||Presentation of the Lord|
|01/22/2014||Third Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/15/2014||Second Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/09/2014||The Baptism of the Lord|
|12/11/2013||Third Sunday in Advent|
|10/30/2013||October 6, 2013|
|10/23/2013||October 27, 2013|
|10/16/2013||October 20, 2013|
|10/09/2013||October 13, 2013|
|09/23/2013||September 29, 2013|
|08/21/2013||August 25, 2013 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/31/2012||November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/24/2012||October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/17/2012||October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|02/29/2012||Second Sunday of Lent|
|01/18/2012||Third Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|08/17/2010||August 22, 2010|
|08/12/2010||Assumption of Mary|
The Birthday of the Church|
|05/29/2008||Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/16/2006||29th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|10/13/2006||28th Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|06/28/2006||Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|01/23/2006||January 29th, 2006|
|01/16/2006||January 22nd, 2006|
|01/09/2006||January 15th, 2006|
|12/28/2005||New Years Day|
|11/21/2005||First Sunday of Advent|
|11/14/2005||Solemnity of Christ the King|
|11/09/2005||November 13, 2005|
|09/27/2005||October 2, 2005|
|09/19/2005||September 25, 2005|
|09/13/2005||September 18, 2005|
|09/05/2005||September 11, 2005|
|08/31/2005||September 4, 2005|
|07/11/2005||July 17, 2005|
|07/07/2005||July 10, 2005|
|07/06/2005||July 3, 2005|
|06/21/2005||June 26, 2005|
|06/14/2005||June 19th, 2005|
|05/23/2005||Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ|
|05/16/2005||Holy Trinity Sunday|
|05/05/2005||May 8, 2005|
|04/26/2005||May 1st, 2005|
|04/18/2005||Fifth Sunday of Easter|
|04/11/2005||Fourth Sunday of Easter|
|04/06/2005||THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER|
|04/06/2005||Divine Mercy Sunday|
|04/05/2005||Holy Thursday Homily|
|03/25/2005||The Passion of John|
|03/07/2005||FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT|
|02/28/2005||Fourth Sunday of Lent|
|02/23/2005||Third Sunday of Lent|
|02/14/2005||Second Sunday of Lent|
|02/10/2005||First Sunday of Lent|
|01/31/2005||Feb. 6, 2005|
|01/24/2005||January 30th, 2005|
|01/17/2005||January 23, 2005|
|01/10/2005||January 16, 2005|
|01/05/2005||January 9th, 2005|
|01/02/2005||January 2, 2005|
|12/28/2004||Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st|
|12/26/2004||Feast of the Holy Family|
|12/13/2004||Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 24: 1-6.
Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.|
|12/06/2004||Third Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. Psalm 146:6-10.
James 5:7-10. Matthew 11:2-11.
|12/01/2004||Second Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10. Psalm 72, 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17.
Romans 15:4-9. Matthew 3: 1-12|
|11/29/2004||First Sunday of Advent
Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9.
Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.|
|11/22/2004||The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5,
Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43|