Friday 13th February – Friday of week 5 of the year
Reflection: Psalm 32:1-7
GOD IS NO POLICEMAN
When you see a policeman down the road; what comes to your mind? Do you think of him as a friend or as someone who is watching out for you to punish you at the slightest opportunity? I can imagine that most of us think of the latter. Often times, we approach God with such mindset too – we think of him as a policeman of our lives, always ready to arrest and indict us at the slightest mistake. Yet, beloved, God is not like that. Such description is in fact more appropriate to the devil; the enemy of our souls – he capitalizes on every mistake we make and uses it against us before God. Hence, Scripture refers to him as “the accuser of the brethren”. (Rev.12:10b).
Like the Psalmist tells us today, God is merciful and desires to forgive our offences and impute no guilt on us. Do you feel as if you have failed to walk with God? It’s not too late dear friend: He is the potter and you are the clay. He earnestly desires to reshape our lives so we can fulfill His ultimate purpose for us. Jesus is ready to heal you. He knows exactly where to touch in your life, so as to bring the desired healing and change.
No matter what sin you have committed, don’t despair. It is never too much for God to forgive. Simply go to Him with humility, true repentance and a desire to abandon sin. His arms are open especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, ready to forgive you and give you a new beginning.
PRAYER: Father I approach your throne of grace this day and ask for pardon for the many times I have strayed. Please Lord; fill my life with the fruits of your mercy. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1422: “Those who approach the sacrament of penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against Him, and are at the same time reconciled with the Church…”
HIDE A TREASURE: “Let us have confidence then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” Hebrews: 4:16 GNB
Today’s Readings: Genesis 3:1-8; Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7; Mark.7:31-37