Coming to know the mercy of Christ
"With glad cries of freedom you will ring me round!" Ps 32
The freedom we experience in this Year of Mercy through God’s forgiveness and healing is amazing!
In the last few weeks, we celebrated Memorial Day, honoring those who died to give us this freedom, and Corpus Christi, honoring the gift of Christ’s body and blood through which we experience the freedom from sin.
It seems those who cherish freedom the most are those who have personal experience of what freedom costs. It is in coming to know Christ that we are more aware of the price he paid to win our freedom by his suffering and death.
I love the story in the Gospel of the sinful woman. It is actually the story referenced by Pope Francis in his catechesis at his Wednesday audience April 20.
The Holy Father focussed on the love of the sinful woman, "she loved much." (Lk 7:47).
"She adores Jesus because she feels that in him there is mercy and not condemnation," the Holy Father said.
Pope Francis shows how in this encounter, she experiences Christ forgiving her as she washes his feet with her tears and hears Jesus’ words of forgiveness as a rebirth, "for her a new season begins; she is reborn in love, to a new life."
As we celebrate summer vacation and a season of time with family and the stark contrast to the cold wind of winter, let us also appreciate the season of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Let us show our gratitude, as this sinful woman did, by our great love for Christ and our brothers and sisters. The joy we experience was won at a great price and Christ gives this freedom to all who seek his forgiveness!
Father Timothy Forgét is pastor of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Randolph and St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Parish in Osmond. Contact him at email@example.com.