Friday 11 January 2019

Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Some of us take for granted and not feel real contrition, remorse, and sorrow for our sins. Some think that God would forgive us anyhow, and we neglect going for confession to seek forgiveness for our sins. Some even assume that being a Christian means merely accepting Jesus as Lord and saviour, and that is all enough for them to be guaranteed access to heaven. But what sort of attitude should a Christian have towards God's mercy and forgiveness, especially when it comes to the sins one has committed? Is God's mercy and forgiveness so easily accessed?

In today's reading, the people said: "Come let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us; he has struck us down, but he will bandage our wound; on the third day he will raise us and we shall live in his presence." The Lord responded: "What am I to do with you? This love of yours is like a morning cloud, like the dew that quickly disappears." It seems like the people prayed to God in their misery but they prayed with a certain arrogance and self-interest. They were not repentant and did not ask why such misery fell on them. Instead, they took for granted that God would heal them and help them, and they felt entitled to His mercy and forgiveness.

What about us? Have we become like the people in today's reading, where we end up taking for granted His mercy and forgiveness? Have we become presumptuous, thinking that we are entitled to God's help and care, instead of walking humbly before Him? May we come to realise such attitude, and walk humbly in His ways.

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