Our Repentance Softens Our Father’s Heart

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March 26, 2011 by bobet888

Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.

– Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

March 26, 2011 Bible Reading and Gospel

What do we feel when somebody offended us? Annoyed if the offense is very minor; angry when it is insulting; infuriated when it is both physically and emotionaly painful; maddening when the offender won’t admit the mistake. Don’t we feel our hatred grow and increases in intesity the longer we wait for the offender to say sorry to us? Now let us put ourselves as the offender, and God as the one we have sinned against. Will God forgive our sin if we will not admit it? Do you think we can soften his heart if we will not apologize to him? Will God grants us mercy if we will not assure him that we will not wrong him again?

God is a loving Father. He is merciful. In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us that a loving father is always willing to forgive, but we can only be granted mercy if we go back to him, apologize and admit our mistakes. The father in the parable even prepared a feast to celebrate the prodigal’s son return.

When will we admit our sins to God and ask for his forgiveness? Why delay this important task in our lives? A massive earthquake may strike our place and kill us instantly, a tsunami may sweep our town in an instant and destroy us along with our precious belongings, a war may erupt in our country and put all of us in chaos, a deadly virus may spread in our town and kill everything in its path. Are we willing to die a prodigal son or daughter?

Almighty God, I’m so sorry for my sins. It is very difficult to live a holy life in this earth surrounded by all sorts of temptation. But this should not weaken my faith in you. May I see every temptation to commit sin as the reason and opportunity to cling more tightly to your love and mercy. In following your way Jesus, I carry my own cross. I will stumble and fall, but I will do my best to rise and pick up my cross again, and continue the journey towards God’s kingdom. Amen.

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