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CAC BAI DOC GIA GOI TOI - NGÁY 03-6-2018 PDF Print E-mail

Father Raymond Finch
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Jun 3 at 4:42 AM
"Beyond all imagination"
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"My heart is overwhelmed, my pity is stirred...For I am God and not a man, the Holy One present among you; I will not come in wrath."​

Hosea 11:8, 9
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Can we love and forgive the people we are angry with?
That is the $64,000 question! Remember that CBS game show of the 1950s?

I am so grateful that we worship a God who loves and forgives us—over and over again—even when He is not so happy with our behaviors.

Although God does express anger in Scripture—today's chapter of the minor prophet Hosea tells us so—He is longsuffering in His love and compassion for us, as evidenced by the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through this devotion, we worship Jesus in His heart, which represents His love as shown in the Incarnation. As we contemplate Christ's wounded heart, we commemorate the unrequited love of the Sacred Heart in the Eucharist.

Bottom line is that it's all about God's unfathomable mercy—His Divine Mercy. What a concept, this notion of receiving God's extravagant love without having to earn it!

Sure, our Heavenly Father utters righteous anger toward His wayward people in the Old Testament, but Hosea emphasizes His deep and abiding love for the ancient Israelites. While God condemns sin and judges it, He also declares, "I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely; for my anger is turned away from them." (Hosea 14:4)

Prayer for Corpus Christi​

O God of our forefather Moses who used the blood of sacrificed animals to seal Your covenant with his people, how You prefigured the new covenant we enjoy through the blood of Jesus Your Son and our Christ! Teach us to continually transform the works of our own hands into spiritual sacrifices of thanksgiving. May Your Spirit enable us to reach out to those in need around us with our hearts full of loving compassion and our lips with words of consolation and reconciliation. May all of our lives be an expression of the heart of Jesus thrusting us with joy into the care for our wounded Earth.

Amen.

~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, at some level—even subconsciously—we tend to believe God gets angry, but for the moment, let's put the loving God in place of the angry one we often envision. We can look forward to the feast of the Sacred Heart this week, and remember the promise made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque—"sinners shall find in My heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy". Can we accept God's great forgiveness and love for us, and find ways to return it to others?

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

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