Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Last Sunday, the Holy Father said that “God rejoices,” and “What is the joy of God? It is to forgive!” In this “is the whole Gospel, it is all of Christianity!” But we need to be careful because forgiveness “is not a sentiment – it is not ‘feeling good’ – on the contrary, mercy is the true force that can save [humanity] and the world from the cancer that is sin, bad morality or bad spirituality.”

It is in forgiveness that God shows his love to us, and only God’s love “fills up the emptiness, the negative chasms that evil opens in hearts and in history.” In this exchange of love “God does not forget us . . .The Father never  abandons us. He is a patient Father. He always respects us. He respects our freedom but remains always faithful.” This does not mean, however, that God is not hoping for us to change: “[God] never gives up waiting for us with love, not even for a moment. And his heart is in celebration for every child that returns… returns to Him and asks His forgiveness.” This is precisely the moment of God’s joy.

Having communion with God is also to share the joy of forgiveness with God, and we need to understand that his mercy is offered to all, even to those we may believe should be punished, applying our human justice; but the truth is that we are deceived “with the idea that our human justice can save us and save the world. In reality, only the justice of God can save us!” Yet God’s justice is different: “The justice of God is revealed in the Cross.”

In offering his Son for us, this is the “supreme act of justice” and is “also precisely an act of mercy.” Each of us is called to rejoice in forgiveness, the forgiveness that God offers and the forgiveness we ourselves offer to others and the forgiveness we receive from others.

Kindness and compassion should be the characteristics that identify us as Catholic people.
— Fr. Sergio