Saturday, the 23rd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Cornelius
Readings for today’s Mass
This is an argument championed by the saint for today, Pope Cornelius, regarding apostates in the post persecution years of the mid 3rd c. The question was whether or not reconciliation was available to those who denied their faith under the threat of persecution. One side said under no circumstances. the other side said only by the decision of the bishop. Cornelius rejected both of these options and decreed that the “relapsed” be restored to the Church with the usual “medicines of repentance.” That would be the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Cornelius proclaimed reconciliation was available to everyone without regard for the gravity of their transgressions. God's patient love and mercy is always available for those who would receive it.
But it only benefits us when we are able to receive it. Some would believe that their sin is so grave there can be no forgiveness. Paul and Pope Cornelius agree that Christ offers salvation to everyone but does not impose it on anyone. It is freely offered to those who would accept it. Sometimes that can be the greatest challenge.
How receptive are you of forgiveness? Do you ever doubt the mercy of God? Remember for a moment how it feels inside when you seek and then receive mercy and forgiveness for the love of God.