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Repent, Renew, Reconcile

posted Sep 29, 2017, 7:11 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 7:11 AM ]
1 October 2017 ( 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time )

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A notion prevalent among the Jews in the time of the prophet Ezekiel in today’s First Reading is one where children would be punished for the sins of their parents. Ezekiel overturns that notion by telling his audience that each person is responsible for their own sin because Man possesses a free will, the just man may turn to a life of debauchery and likewise the sinner may repent. If we have repented and reconciled we must be wary of hypocrisy and live a life of unity in love and mutual charity as stated in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. St Matthew’s parable in today’s Gospel warns against it for all eternity revealing the hypocrisy of the chief priests and elders of the Jews, and the perilous position in which they stood in relation to God and heaven. While we are at God’s door, His mercy is wide open to us. We still have time to reverse that sinful decision. Not only can we with God's grace turn over a new leaf, but we can completely wipe out the sinful pages of our life's story written up to now.