If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

If I’ve been told once, I’ve been told a thousand times. Does that sound familiar? In contemplating on our readings for today’s Mass, that is the theme that I keep thinking about. It is written all throughout this morning. I am a sinner but I am not lost. If I am willing to repent and turn away from those sins, God will ALWAYS take me back…ALWAYS. But on the other hand…let’s see how many examples of this are given to me this morning…

Reading I

Ez 18:21-28

Thus says the Lord GOD:
If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, 
    if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,
    he shall surely live, he shall not die. 

None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;
    he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced.

But if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed,
    does what is right and just,
    he shall preserve his life;
    since he has turned away from all the sins that he committed, 
    he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Responsorial Psalm

130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8

If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
    LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
    that you may be revered.

For with the LORD is kindness
    and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel
    from all their iniquities.

Verse before the Gospel

Ez 18:31

Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

Gospel

Mt 5:20-26

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.

It has been said once; it has been said a thousand times. I hear your message God. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

Do something great for our Lord today – heed the message being proclaimed to you. Repent and believe in the Gospel.

God’s will, not mine be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.

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