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REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We are all sinners, but God loves us nonetheless. Despite of the severity of our sins, God has chosen to forgive us. It’s up to us to accept it by our own authentic repentance.
In this Sunday’s readings we are like the fallen King David, and the woman who wept at Jesus’ feet. David took part in the murder of Uriah the Hittite, when after sleeping with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife; David sent him to the frontlines to get him killed, in an act of adultery and murder. This story is one of those that tell us how evil a man can get, just to satisfy his desires. However, David repented deeply and was forgiven by God. On the other hand, the woman who wept at the feet of Jesus was sinful and was known by many as such. Her faith in God led her to seek forgiveness for her sins, and because she realized how much she was forgiven, she in her own way also tried to overwhelm the Lord with her affection. Like David, we should take comfort in the Lord’s promise to rescue us from sin and death, and anointed us in Baptism and in Confirmation. His promise to the children of Israel has made us heirs of the Kingdom too. However, we often fail to realize the great love of God and squander His gift of salvation. Often we are unfaithful to our being sons and daughters of God.
The good news is that God has provided us the the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a means to return back to Him. We should take comfort that like what Jesus has said to the woman, He will also tell us “Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Lk. 7: 48, 50). Our faith that tells us that no matter how sinful we are, if we come to God in genuine repentance and contrition, we will get His pardon and mercy. Just like what God did to King David and to the sinful woman. We shouldn’t be judgmental on others and even on ourselves. We can’t go astray just because we think God won’t forgive us. We should never doubt Jesus’ power to convert even the worst of sinners, like the Pharisee, who doubtful that he was; was also being self-righteous and scornful. May we be grateful to the Lord for forgiving our sins. May we try to live by faith for God and for God alone. Nothing else suffices. Serving the Lord will be appreciated by Him, regardless of who we are, and where we are. Only love for God, filled with hope and faithfulness is required. “I confess my faults to the Lord, and you took away the guilt of my sins.” (Ps. 32: 5)

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