June 14, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie

‘PERPETUATION OF GOD’S MERCY’ (CATECHESIS FOR THE DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY)

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie

Dearest friends, with the concrete manifestation of *GOD’S MERCY* for the sinful humankind on the Cross, it still pleases our Lord Jesus Christ to *PERPETUATE* this his act of Mercy through the institution of the Sacrament of *CONFESSION* (cf. Jn 20:19-23). Thus, this Sacrament, in the truest sense of it, is the Seat of God’s Mercy among his people. Corroborating the above, the Catechism affirms: *“Christ has willed that in her prayer and life and action his whole Church should be the sign and instrument of the FORGIVENESS and RECONCILIATION that he acquired for us at the price of his blood. But he entrusted the exercise of the power of ABSOLUTION to the apostolic ministry which he charged with the “ministry of reconciliation”* (CCC, n. 1442).

Now, since our Lord Jesus Christ wills that we be always reconciled to God through the Sacrament of Confession, why then do some Catholics stay away from this Sacrament for a very long time? Could it be that some do not really understand the Power and Depth of this Sacrament? Well, if you are still in doubt about this Sacrament, just listen to the teaching of the Church thus: *“There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot FORGIVE. “There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for FORGIVENESS, provided his repentance is HONEST. Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should ALWAYS be open to anyone who turns away from sin”* (CCC, n. 982). In case you do not know, all the saints we celebrate today FREQUENTED the Sacrament of Confession when they were alive. You can also make your research on that.

👉🏼Please, do not allow anybody or anything to hold you down in SIN. Always REPENT and RECONCILE with God and the Church at the CONFESSIONAL for that was a great gift that our Saviour, Jesus Christ gave to all of us after his Resurrection when: *‘he breathed on the Apostles and gave them the Authority to FORGIVE SIN by the Power of the Holy Spirit’* (cf. Jn 20:19-23).

We pray the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Refuge of Sinners, to always support us with her powerful intercession. Amen🙏🏼

(cf. CATECHESIS (NKUZI NKE OKWUKWE) FOR THE 2ND SUNDAYOF EASTER (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY)B)
READINGS: R1 Acts 4:32-35, R2 1Jn 5:1-7, Gosp. Jn 20:19-31

Happy Easter and remain blessed!

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. He is a prolific writer, retreat preacher and social media evangelizer.

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