Mass Readings: Hosea 14:2-10/Matthew 10:16-23

Endless Compassion

As Catholics, we’ve probably all been quizzed by non-Catholics about “going to confession.” We’ve all heard the flippant remarks: “You can do what you want as long as you confess it. Then you can do the same thing all over again.” If one were tempted to engage in such a debate, today’s reading from Hosea is a good place to start.

The endless compassion of the Lord breathes through the language of today’s Old Testament reading. God welcomes us back, no matter what we’ve done. No matter how many times we’ve turned away, God waits in love for our return. The Sacrament of Reconciliation bears living witness to the eternal compassion of our God who is our healer, our refuge and our source of life.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for wrapping me in Your compassion.