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Have Mercy on me, a Sinner

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Mar 2:13-17
 
We must reach out to everyone with the Gospel message.  Jesus’s calling of Matthew was radical and reflected the scandalous nature of God’s mercy.
 
Pope Francis said: ‘ Tell me: when God looks at a gay person does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or does he reject and condemn this person?'
 
Jesus saw Matthew, the disciple, the apostle, the man of God.  We too must see in the others the person that Christ sees.
 
Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
 
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Forgiveness, the Scandal of Mercy

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Luke 19:1-10
 
This encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus the tax collector illustrates perfectly the ‘scandal of grace’.  It brings to the fore this very important biblical teaching that where sin abounds, grace super-abounds.
 
God loves the sinner, but hates the sin.
 
Through his encounter with Jesus Zacchaeus had an experience of God’s mercy and compassion which touched him and led him to repentance and conversion.  No one is beyond God’s grace and mercy.
 
We are to be a living expression, a sign, a sacrament of this same mercy, kindness and forgiveness.  Learning to forgive others, to hold out the hand of friendship and brotherhood/sisterhood to those we find difficult is not easy.
 
In fact, without God’s grace it’s impossible, but with God’s grace all things are possible.
 
Lord, you treated everyone you met with great dignity and compassion; as persons created in your image and likeness.  May I now go and do likewise.
 
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