Micah 7:14-15,18-20 ● Luke 15:1-3,11-32
Where is the god who can compare with you—
wiping the slate clean of guilt,
Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear,
to the past sins of your purged and precious people?
You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long,
for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most.
And compassion is on its way to us.
You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing.
You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean.
At times, the Hebrew prophets are good at issuing strong, convicting challenges to us. At other times they are good at reminding us of the amazing, incomprehensible compassion, mercy, and faithfulness of our God. They call us to acknowledge our sins and change our ways. Then they remind us that God welcomes us back with open arms and let us start anew.
Is there a past sin you can’t let go of although God has already promised forgiveness? If so, find someone to speak with about it, perhaps a priest, therapist, spiritual director, partner, or trusted friend. Pray for the grace to believe that God stamps out your wrongdoing.
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