September 13th: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Parish Family,
The times in which we find ourselves are marked by an increasing obsession with justice-not only the virtue of justice, which consists in giving others what they are rightfully owed, but a more vindictive mindset, often called by the same name of justice, that primarily wants to punish the wrongdoer.
Christians approach the question of worldly injustice from a radically different perspective. In a paradoxical fulfillment, Jesus Christ fulfills the demands of justice not through worldly power and political advancement, but through the infinity of his redemptive love. All is now dissolved in the mystery of God’s saving plan. Though the redemption of the world has been objectively completed, it remains the project of grace to allow the saving work of Christ its complete penetration of our souls. That forgiveness alone established communion becomes the inner form of Christian conversion.
We come to communion in ourselves and with others through the constant decision for Christ’s forgiveness. Our obstinance in extending mercy begins when our wounded heart constricts upon itself. And three things follow. First, we live in the continual awareness of those who have hurt us, rather than loved us. Second, we cling to the debts of others in the vain attempt to stabilize our lives (for there is always a twisted payoff when we withhold mercy). Third, our hearts freeze Cont. in the moment of forgiveness because in it we encounter the radical indebtedness of our reliance on God. Indebtedness as a quality of our very being might irritate our sense of independence; and yet, it is the potential source of endless joy.
To be radically and permanently indebted to God for every moment is the foundation of the only relationship and friendship that ultimately matter. Only there will we find true stability and perfect healing. Everything stands or falls with the decision for mercy, to give to the other what they do not deserve. And it is precisely in this that we discover true forgiveness to exist at the deepest level of the human heart. Mercy means we actually remove the debt, and not permit ourselves the armor of casual indifference. The mercy we actually remove the debt, and not permit ourselves the armor of casual indifference. The mercy of God, lived out in the forgiveness of the Christian heart, is the circulating life blood of the Church. It makes possible the communion of broken human beings that transcends the tragedy of their world existence. It is the life of heaven on earth, but one that rests conditionally on mercy, on our decision for or against the brother whose debt is already forgiven by God. (hprweb.com)
God bless you all!
Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG