In the Gospel reading from Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter, Christ tells us, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.”
These words were comforting; I rejoiced as my wife and I read them before bed.
It got me thinking
Friends and family will reject you at the drop of a dime. They’ll turn their back on you quickly the moment you hurt them or abuse their trust. And as a result, you won’t win them back to good standing.
Thankfully, Jesus Christ doesn’t operate on human terms. If he did, who could stand? Instead, Jesus Christ says, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times (Matt. 18:21-22), ” to forgive your neighbor. Since Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, he demonstrates what divine mercy is. Jesus’ promise of not abandoning us is an illustration of God’s lovingkindness.
This reminds me of confession. I’m so thankful for the Sacrament of Reconciliation because God’s grace is extended every time. No matter how far we’ve strayed from Jesus when we come back to him, he’s there with open arms.
God isn’t seeking to cast us away, but instead, welcome us back to Him after we’ve strayed away like the prodigal son.
As we all strive for the universal call to holiness, let us remember our Savior’s promise!