Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
Book of the Prophet Hosea 6:1-6, Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21, & Luke 18:9-14
Today’s readings speak to us about forgiveness, mercy, and redemption.
David, in Psalm 51, begs for forgiveness; Hosea discusses incredible generosity and grace for forgiveness; the Gospel of Saint Luke refers to sin and cleansing. Here, we have the theme of repentance, knowledge, and grace offered to us.
What a tremendous feeling it is to know forgiveness and release. Who among us has not breathed an enormous sigh of relief when a problem, perhaps of our own making, has gone away or has been solved by a third party? The comfort comes, and we are relieved beyond description. We feel new, cleaner, and better.
It is the way humans are and how we feel pressed into a corner from time to time.
We find ourselves in positions that make the repetition of these up-and-down emotions possible and even necessary. It’s been the subject of many questions, prayers, and publications on how we break the cycle. How can we move forward and not get ourselves into the same predicament again?
According to Hosea and David, love and mercy are required, they are not sacrifices or show. Therefore, contrition seems to be more than a realization that is undoubtedly necessary but, going further, a genuine desire to reform and change specific patterns of behavior that place us back into that same corner. A wise man once said, “It’s one thing to feel badly, but it’s another thing to do something about it.”
Question of the Day: How will you become an example of forgiveness and mercy toward others?
Prayer: “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”