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Pastor's Note September 15, 2019
Parents of teenagers know about mistakes being made and the need for understanding and forgiveness. It is part of the process of growing up for children to make mistakes. The real problem arises when teenagers do not feel sorry for their mistakes and want to do things their way, right or wrong. We can envision youngsters dropping out of school, running away from home. Although parents suffer, they are always ready to forgive’ but what can they do as long as a child is stubborn and unwilling?
Relating this to our relationship with the heavenly Father, we often have the same situation. If we determine what is sinful, and do not go by what God thinks, we are in trouble. Sin has not disappeared! Have I given up the diligent search for perfection? Am I failing to be kind of person I should be in God’s eyes? Am I just indifferent? Today’s Bible’s readings deal with God’s forgiveness and our willingness to admit that we were wrong as a condition for restoring a broken relationship.
Today’s first reading shows us that because of Moses’ intercession God agreed not to punish the sinful people. As mediator, Moses foreshows Jesus Christ, who prayed on the cross for sinners. “Father, forgive them,” and who is still praying for us in heaven. Because of Jesus’ pleading for us, God will not destroy the sinner. The condition is that we make the Responsorial Psalm our constant prayer to God: “Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.”
Fr. Jonas msc