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Every sin can be forgiven – except final rejection of Christ and God's Mercy

Clergy Corner by Fr. David Runnion

Clergy Corner for June 12, 2016, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Readings: 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13; Psalm 32:1-2,5,7,11;
Galatians 2:16, 19-21; Luke 7:36-8:3

Every sin can be forgiven – except final rejection of Christ and God's mercy – but only if we repent and ask God for forgiveness.

God blesses us in so many ways, beginning with the gift of life and followed by countless blessings after that. Yet, sometimes we repay him with sin, such as King David did by committing adultery, and thereafter committing murder to cover up the adultery (2 Sam 12:7-10, 13). Lust is one of the seven capital sins, because it, as the others, engenders further sins.

When King David was confronted with his sin by the prophet Nathan, he genuinely repented before the Lord's representative. Hence, God forgave David and spared him from the death that follows mortal sin (2 Sam 12:13), which separates a person entirely from God.

God forgives the truly repentant, but there are always consequences to sin, and serious consequences to serious sin. King David's violent sins engendered future violence in his own household and offspring, as well as subsequent violation of David's own wives during his lifetime (2 Sam 12:10-12).

It is critical that we go to Confession as soon as we are aware of serious sin in our life. While the world insidiously tries to tell us there is no such thing as sin and that immoral conduct is justified, the Psalmist exhibited the right disposition of heart:

"I acknowledged my sin to you [, O, LORD], my guilt I covered not. I said, 'I confess my faults to the LORD,' and you took away the guilt of my sin" (Ps 32:5).

So, too, did the sinful woman come to Jesus with contrition and weeping at His feet, beseeching forgiveness through her devout actions. She washed His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and kissed and anointed them. Then, after addressing the host's Pharisaical heart, Jesus said to the sinful woman: "Your sins are forgiven" (Lk 7:48).

The Pharisee (apparently self-righteous) showed neither faith in nor love toward the Lord, so he received little or nothing from Him. However, the woman who knew she was a sinner and placed her faith in Christ and expressed love for Him, received divine forgiveness and salvation (Lk 7:48, 50).

To receive the Lord's mercy and salvation, may we acknowledge our sins and go to Him, in love and faith, to seek His forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

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