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Repent and be forgiven

posted Jun 11, 2016, 2:00 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Jun 11, 2016, 2:01 AM ]
11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Repent and be forgiven
The first reading shows God sending the prophet Nathan to pronounce judgement upon David whose sins had displeased the Lord. David repented of his sins and was forgiven by God. In the second reading, Paul spoke of justification by faith in Jesus Christ. This refers to the necessary attitude – that we accept the divine revelation made known through Jesus and dedicate our life to Him. We are justified not through our good works but through our crucifixion with Christ so that it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. The gospel points to the contrast between the penitent woman and the Pharisee. The woman had shown great love to Jesus because her many sins had been forgiven. The Pharisee viewed himself as upright, displaying an attitude of having no need for love or mercy. Through today’s readings, we learn that when we sincerely repent of our sins and die to ourselves, we are forgiven by God and reconciled to Him, and live a new life in Christ