In this season of penance, when we focus on our sins, it’s important to remember that the gospel is the Good News. It’s the news that God loves us and calls us always to be closer.
When I hear sermons or homilies focusing on people’s shortcomings and flaws, I find myself wondering how many of the people listening actually spend most of their time flogging themselves for their failings. We’ve all heard reprimanding preachers and found it hard to believe that we’re worthy of being saved. This passage reminds us that God wants to save us all!
When I reflect on salvation, I don’t think so much of being saved as of being salved. I think that God sent his Son into the world to apply a salve to our aching consciences and flagging hearts to heal us. So, take hope. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn us.
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