Wednesday 25th February – Wednesday of the 1st week of Lent
Reflection: Jonah 3:1-10
OUR MERCIFUL GOD
Our greatest hope as Christians lies in knowing that we have a merciful God who forgives our sins each time we return to Him. Today’s reading tells us of how God relented from pouring down his wrath on the people of Nineveh because of their prompt repentance at the preaching of the prophet Jonah. The King declared a time of fasting and prayer for repentance and as the people made efforts to turn from their wicked ways, God honoured their efforts.
Beloved, the Church calls you and I reconciliation with God. Like the Ninevites, let us respond promptly to this call. You may say: “my past is so ugly; I don’t think God will forgive me”. The good news is that He is willing to welcome you home, regardless of how far you have strayed. Christ reassures us that there is more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine righteous men who need no repentance (Lk 15:7).
When last did you approach Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Today, take some time to examine your conscience; ask the Holy Spirit to shed light into your life so you can recognise your sins and be truly sorry for them. Then seize the next opportunity to go to confession. Christ awaits you with open hands. Go and experience the freshness of a new beginning.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I acknowledge my sinfulness. Please forgive me and help me to live to please You always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 228 – Who can forgive sins?
God alone can forgive sins. Jesus could say “Your sins are forgiven” (Mk 2:5) only because he is the Son of God. And priests can forgive sins in Jesus’ place only because Jesus has given them that authority.
HIDE A TREASURE: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Jonah 3:1-10; Psalms 50:3-4, 12-13, 18-19; Luke 10:29-32.