Love, Justice, Forgiveness. Family Lenten Thought

March 15.  Michael and his young adult group were meditating on the reading of the day. “Can it be true” he asked,” that those who have committed abuse and other evil things can be forgiven if they change their ways and do good? But there are also plenty of people, men and women, young and older, priests and lay people who seem to be good on the surface and yet carry on with doing evil things. Would God see this differently to our human laws that demand retribution and punishment.” Reflect and share.

Thus says the Lord, “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?   When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity he shall die for it. Eze 18:21-28. 

Pope Francis:   Mere justice is not enough. God goes beyond justice with his mercy and forgiveness.  Anyone who makes a mistake must pay the price, but this is just the beginning of conversion. God does not deny justice, he envelopes it and surpasses it with an even greater event in which we experience love as the foundation of true justice. MV21   

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