Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Do not be presumptuous of forgiveness.

"Do not delay turning back to the Lord, do not put it off day after day."(Sirach 5: 7).

A week today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent 2019. Lent is the Season of abundant grace and mercy. The word of God from Sirach read today all over the world asks us to be prepared for deep metanoia (conversion) during Lent 2019.

"Of forgiveness be not overconfident, adding sin upon sin.
Say not: “Great is his mercy; my many sins he will forgive.” (Sirach 5: 5 - 6).

The Bible compares the sin of presumption to witchcraft and idolatry. (Cf 1 Samuel 15: 23)

"For suddenly his wrath will come forth; at the time of vengeance, you will perish." (Sirach 5: 7).

"Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord. He is like a tree that is planted beside the flowing waters, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves shall never fade; and all that he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1: 1,3 - 4)

"Accept God’s message for what it really is: God’s message, and not some human thinking." (Cf.1 Thessalonians 2:13).

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