Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Scramble, scramble, scramble to reach a safe place. Admit you have done wrong and then try to do right. Scramble to avoid harsh judgment, stay out of prison and avoid the executioner. Action and admission. Take action against the sin, and admit that sin has been committed Admit a wrong and do right. Those are the gospel actions, and yet only half of the gospel message. The other half? That, of course, is that our God is a merciful God. Our God forgives. That word, M-E-R-C-Y will be an important one in the coming year. Soon begins the year of Mercy.

I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters,
that you yourselves are full of goodness, Rom 15:14-21
filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another.

Isn’t that the heart of the gospel message, that we have sinned, but also that a merciful God forgives the errors of those who confess their sins before their God. It he reading also gives hint at that sense of urgency a person should have in reconciling themselves to God. It is an urgency that not only effects their life, but their eternal life. Doing right in the eyes of God should mater to us. Really, it is all that should matter to us. It is supremely important. Our lives depend on it. Lk 16:1-8

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