With the Lord, there is mercy and redemption
The readings for this Sunday show us both the alienation brought about by sin, and the merciful love and power of our Lord, who forgives, redeems and brings us to eternal glory.
We hear of the story of Adam and Eve’s sin of disobedience and unbelief, and how it separates them from God, from their home with God, and from one another (First Reading).
But St Paul tells us that, for those who believe in him, Jesus’s rising from the dead becomes the way to eternal life with him, restoring the relationship of humankind with God (Second Reading).
The Psalm is the plea for mercy of a sinner who knows he or she can rely on the Lord, who reveres the Lord for his forgiveness and love.
In the Gospel we see that what Jesus says and does confounds the expectations of the people around him. He may also disconcert us.
This week we pray to grasp, deep in our hearts, the love and forgiving mercy of God. We ask for openness, and a willingness to be surprised, as we seek to do all that God wants of us.