We Are Redeemable
TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
We Are Redeemable
Providing we do not allow ourselves to become prisoners of arrogance and disobedience, every person has a valid claim to redemption and salvation in Christ Jesus. We are God’s children. God took to himself the task to rescue us from the kingdom of darkness and transfer us into his kingdom of light. For this reason, he posted sentinels at every junction to direct us back on the road of redemption and salvation (Jer.6:16).
Cognizant of our self-centeredness and ignorance, God made the necessary provisions to rescue us from the gods who did not create the heavens and earth (Jer.10:11). Regardless of their human features, or the creatures they depict, these deities do not possess any divine faculties and aptitudes. They are incapable of redeeming and saving humankind from destruction, evil, wickedness and sin. Those who pursue them will become like them (Ps.135:15-18) and will court their own ruin (Rom.1:18-32). The Lord equates such patterns of behaviour as senseless, blind and deaf. Their devotees will follow them to their own detriment (Jer.5:21).
God’s love surpasses all human understanding. His sense of judgment is attractive to all sinners who approach his throne of grace. No matter how low we fall (Is.1:18-19), God will pursue us into the wilderness and speak directly to our hearts (Ezek.20:35; Hos.2:14). If we respond positively, God will rescue us (Ps.50:15; Ps.91:15). God made himself our refuge and our fortress. He wants no one to perish; he longs to draw everyone back to himself through conversion so that all might enjoy his saving love (Matt.23:37; 2Pet.3:9). God himself disclosed he takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He urged us to repent and live (Ezek.18:32; 33:11). What God can we compare with the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Even though the wages of sin is death (Rom.6:23), yet God keeps extending to all sinners the gift of life through grace and faith (Rom.5:20). Even though God may chastise us, if we respond positively, humbly and obediently God will cleanse us and never recall our acts of apostasies (Is.1:10-20). God promised: he will never hold the sins of those who repent against the (2Cor.5:19; Heb.8:12; 10:17). Whatever sins God forgives, he forgets (Is.1:18).
The apostasy of Israel (Exod.32:7-11.13-14), the conversion and salvation of St. Paul (1Tim.1:12-17) and parable of the prodigal son are expressive examples of the power of God’s love, his compassion, his mercy and his forgiveness. Each text in today’s Liturgy of the word demonstrates the power of prayer and petition, the power of hope, the glories that await those who embrace the virtues of obedience and humility. God’s ears are always leaning in our direction waiting for our faintest cry for help. God fixed his eyes in our direction waiting for the first sign of our appearance homeward; God is waiting to welcome us as he did with the Children of Israel, Paul and with the prodigal son.
The signs of apostasy are evidently rampant among us today. Licentiousness has become a virtue. Our moral fiber is flagging by the second. Libations to our newfound gods are proliferating. The din and glamour in their honour are growing louder. Nevertheless, God has not abandoned us. His call is growing louder for his children to return to the fold. The Church like Moses, Paul and the father of the prodigal son must not abandon her post as the sentinel of God’s children. She must payer more earnestly and urgently for their conversion and salvation.
O God, for your great and merciful love, I thank you for saving me.