Redemption, Forgiveness, Grace

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The scribes and Pharisees were, for the most part, no fans of Jesus. Small wonder after the tongue-lashing they got from Him. In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 11, we see that they “began to act with hostility to him.” It reminds me that when the world shows hostility to us, we should never despair. Jesus was treated the same!

In the first reading today, we begin St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. After his greeting, here’s what St. Paul writes: “In Christ we have redemption by his Blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.” What a great message!

This is, truly, the Good News. Redemption, forgiveness, grace; and not just grace, but grace LAVISHED upon us! Is this a message we’re sharing? There’s so much talk these days that Christians are mean and judgmental. While I can’t speak for people, I can speak to the message. And the message is filled with hope. How can we better communicate the message of redemption, forgiveness and grace today?

Father, we thank you for your gifts of redemption through Christ, forgiveness and grace that you lavish upon us. May we share this good news with all today. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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