The first reading specifically deals with the consequences of one’s parents’ actions. It poses the question about God reconciling accounts with the next generation. Something I have discovered over time is that it depends on the country as to whether one is responsible for one’s parents’ debts. The reading makes clear that God holds the individual responsible for his or her own actions. My initial response was the sinful acts as they are described in the reading seem to be clear cases. Further reflection has me considering mitigating circumstances. Ambiguity (particularly in matters with serious consequences) leaves me uncomfortable. In these cases, I find myself wanting to avoid decisions and their consequences, rather than confronting them and moving on.
The Psalm makes clear God’s forgiveness, taking forgiveness beyond “clearing the books” to restoring “nearness” in our relationship with Him. I see these as two different levels in the healing process. I go on to see the Gospel as suggesting God’s openness to everyone. It is not just to those who are followers or even just to those who are mature.
Today I pray for the strength to take responsibility for my actions. I pray for the will to move forward in my mission on this earth. Heavenly Father, You know what is in my heart. Give me the wisdom to identify what coincides withYour will. Give me the strength to follow through in my actions. Thank you for the gift of your forgiveness when I fail. Help me always to remain close to You.
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