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"There will likewise be more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner." —Luke 15:7
God the Father has loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us. We are loved infinitely, perfectly, and eternally.
In response to God's love, we love (1 Jn 4:19). As human beings, we try to express our love in words, actions, and gifts. Yet what can we do for the Lord that would make Him very happy? What is a gift that would delight the almighty God?
Jesus answers this question for us in today's Gospel reading: "I tell you, there will likewise be more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent" (Lk 15:7). The Lord is very pleased by our righteousness but even more happy about our repentance. When we go to Confession, we are escalating the joy in heaven. When we accept God's call to be ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18), calling others to repentance and Confession, we are thrilling the Holy Trinity and the hosts of heaven. Even if we ourselves don't feel so excited about repentance, all that counts is that the One receiving the gift likes it.
Therefore, give God the gift of repentance. "Blessed are we... for what pleases God is known to us!" (Bar 4:4)
Prayer: Father, may I be preoccupied with showing my love for You.
Promise: "I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ." —Phil 3:8
Praise: When Thomas decided to forgive those who had hurt him, his blood pressure went down.
Reference: (For a related teaching, order our tape on The Secret of Confession on audio AV 44-3 or video V-44.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 10, 2012
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