Alleluia! His mercy endures forever
Acts 10:34-43/Psalm 118/Col 3:1-4/Mt 28:1-10
Alleluia! As today’s Psalm states: Alleluia! His mercy endures forever. By his saving passion, death, and resurrection, which we celebrate today, Jesus freed us from sin. This gift of enduring mercy and eternal freedom is only complete with Christ’s resurrection.
Mercy is the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the grace of God and the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.
Jesus emptied and humbled himself for our redemption. For this redemption to be complete, we also must empty and humble ourselves.
When we are able to say to the Lord these are my sins. They are mine. They are not his or hers, they are mine. We cannot just ignore the past, and hope for a better future. We must remorsefully acknowledge our sins, ask God for forgiveness, and genuinely commit to change. When we are able to do this we will be that people, that meek and humble people, that emulates and trusts in the Lord.
The grace of redemption also calls us to extend God’s mercy and love to others. It calls us to recognize the other, whether similar or different, as a creation of God and as worthy of our love.
The Easter message helps us to set out anew with great courage to blaze trails of reconciliation and redemption with God and with all our brothers and sisters. To love others as He loves us.
President Julie Sullivan