St. Mary's put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff). Here is today's reflection:
March 2, 2013
Saturday of the Second Week of Lent
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 * Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Our God is a clement and merciful God. There truly is no God like him. He joyfully forgives us of our sins, he removes our guilt; we only have to be truly sorry when we ask him to forgive us. His forgiveness is bigger than the sea; and our sins become like dirt that he walks over. The sea is really really deep and dirt is really really small. That is how much he loves us.
It is difficult for us as humans to grasp the size of God’s forgiveness compared to our guilt. It can be likened to you smiling at a stranger on your way to class, and later that day, that person gave you $1billion just because you showed him a little love and care. The same is true, but on a much larger scale, when we repent and show our love for God; he responds with more love, forgiveness and grace than we can even imagine.
He is so great and generous to us, his children, in other ways as well. In the each sacrament, he provides ways for us to grow even closer to him. We can spotlight the sacrament of reconciliation, which is referenced in Micah. In this sacrament, God pardons our sin and erases our guilt. This is just one sacrament through which he bestows grace on us, and there are seven sacraments! He desires to supply all the grace we need to do his will and doing his will can be as simple as a smile.
Today, reflect on your sins and then also mediate on how much love and forgiveness God pours out on us every time we seek his forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation. How can you be God’s love today?