‘God is merciful’, but we may not understand it until we personally experience the mercy of God. Most of us have experienced this mercy of God many times. In the first reading, King Hezekiah understood the love God had for Him when he received the mercy of God. The Lord was quick to respond to a repentant heart. In the Gospel proclamation, Jesus says, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” God wants us to love Him more than He wants our sacrifices and offerings. Like the parable of the prodigal son, God is waiting with a ring to welcome us back to a relationship with Him. He wants to love us and take care of us. We need to repent and come back to Him. While God despises our sin, He loves the sinner. He yearns for us to give up our sinful ways and return to Him. He wants to give us a new life. “The Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 Let us repent and renew our relationship with Him. This is his desire, not just for a few, but for humanity.
Prayer: Abba Father, your mercy is unconditional; may I come back to you in repentance and experience love and joy in your presence. Amen.