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Fr. Bob Tywoniak

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Second Sunday Of Easter Divine Mercy : April 23, 2017

Sometimes We Need to Be Shown Mercy to Reach Salvation.

The passage from the First Letter of Peter concludes with a most interesting point. The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls. (1Peter 1:9)

All our efforts to follow the teachings of the Church Jesus founded on Peter, our participation in and reception of the sacraments, give us a new birth! Peter speaks of us having a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The practices of the Church keep us in touch with Christ's resurrection and therefore we experience hope.

I remember moments in my life I sinned. Therefore, I wounded myself by wounding my relationship with God and God's people. Yet, because I have always practiced the faith, I did not feel totally lost at any time. I did feel the pain of sin but I was not without hope. Surely, I experienced God's mercy. Especially when I approached the Sacrament of Reconciliation the burden of my guilt was lifted. The words of absolution, that is the words of washing, were so soothing.

Sometimes the Sacrament of Reconciliation is misunderstood by some people. It is viewed as a punishment. It is a further pain one must endure to get to heaven some day. Yet, that is not true.

Reconciliation is a celebration of God's mercy. It is true I sin and need forgiveness. Perhaps I am not deserving of forgiveness. That is where mercy comes in. Mercy is receiving what I do not deserve. God forgives me and then expects me to forgive just as it says to do in the Lord's Prayer, "…as we forgive those who trespass against us."

As Jesus appears to the frightened disciples who were hidden away He gives them His Peace. Jesus then sends them to spread the Peace. And note, He gives them the authority (as the first bishops) to forgive sins. This forgiveness reconciles. That is, it makes us one again with God and God's people. It is through forgiveness Peace is spread. Thus, all who are forgiven may reach salvation.

Thus, know you may be forgiven by God's mercy through the sacraments He has left us. His Mercy brings us salvation.

Fr. Bob Tywoniak
Pastor

Concern for fellow human beings

May 4, 2017

91. A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted. This compromises the very meaning of our struggle for the sake of the environment. It is no coincidence that, in the canticle in which Saint Francis praises God for his creatures, he goes on to say: "Praised be you my Lord, through those who give pardon for your love." Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.

Source : Laudato Si'

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