The Overflowing Mercy of God

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The mercy that God shows us is beyond measure, it flows without end from the love that God has for His creation. The merciful love is, as God is, without beginning and without end. It is shown to us regardless of our faults and shortcomings, in spite of our sins and transgressions.
This message of mercy is best expressed in the Incarnation, the person of Jesus, God becoming man for the redemption of humanity. Jesus consistently proclaims the fact that He came to earth to seek and heal those who are in need of being healed.
In the Gospel of Luke chapter 5 verses 31 and 32 when the Pharisees and the Scribes challenged Jesus about eating with tax collectors and sinners Jesus replied “The healthy do not need a doctor but sick people do. I have not come to invite the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  The problem is that there is no one who is righteous before God.  All of us are sinners and need forgiveness, thus God and His great mercy flows in an unending stream to all of those who would turn to Him.
During this Lenten season in this Year of Mercy may we all avail ourselves of this abundant mercy of God and turn away from those occasions of sin that cause us to stumble. May we all participate in the acts of prayer, fasting, and charity that mark this season as special and thereby mold ourselves into the people of God that He so desires us to be.  Let us then turn this mercy outward to our fellow brothers and sisters, sharing Gods mercy with the world, allowing the mercy of God to penetrate all of His creation.  Amen.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Bill

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