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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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1st Reading: Genesis 18:20-32
Resp. Psalm Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
2nd Reading: Colossians 2:12-14
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13
Now is the time for mercy. In all righteousness God is both just and merciful. Just, because all wrongdoing and sin must be corrected otherwise there is no justice and merciful, because He chooses to forgive us if we ask Him. Once the period of Divine Mercy has ended, Divine Justice will prevail. Mercy precedes justice.
In the first reading, Abraham asked the Lord if he will spare Sodom and Gomorrah if there are only 10 innocent people. The Lord agreed. This tells us that there weren't even that many since the cities were destroyed. In the Gospel Jesus demonstrated how someone who is reluctant will eventually help. And, even we, evil as we are, do know how to give good things. Therefore, when God acts, He must be trusted! He loves us so much more than we can possibly fathom. He is the Author of all goodness.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD