Obviously, our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, hadn’t been listening to the news.
If he had, he would have heard about the major “problems” facing the Church, and would have announced “changes” in the Church’s “policies” on abortion, birth control, celibacy for priests, condoms, women priests, and allowing divorce and remarriage.
Instead, when he came to his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square his first Sunday as Successor of St. Peter, to speak and pray with the 100,000 people below, he didn’t mention any of those issues at all.
Poor man is already “out of it!”
Instead, he spoke of God’s mercy. “God never gets tired of forgiving us,” he observed.
Mercy is one of the richest, most profound teachings of the Bible.
Two facts: one, we sin a lot; two, God forgives us once we tell Him we’re sorry.
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His mercy endures forever!”
God’s mercy is not just some fuzzy, vague idea. It is personally experienced in the Sacrament of Penance, as we admit our sins, confess them, ask God’s mercy, and receive it!
Today is Reconciliation Monday. In all our parishes, priests will be hearing confessions from 3-9 PM.
No better way to begin Holy Week and get ready for Easter, than by a good confession.
God’s mercy! It’s ours for the asking!
Listen to the Bible!
Listen to Jesus!
Listen to Pope Francis!
See you all in the confessional line. A blessed Holy Week!