Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saints and Scripture Sunday St Mary

Yes, this one is titled for St Mary... St Mary of Egypt. More on that after the Scripture verses.
Do not say, “His mercy is great;
my many sins he will forgive.”
For mercy and anger alike are with him;
his wrath comes to rest on the wicked.
Do not delay turning back to the LORD,
do not put it off day after day.
For suddenly his wrath will come forth;
at the time of vengeance, you will perish.
Sirach 5:6,7
 I can't do justice to the story of St Mary so I'll link to it. However, the long and the short of it is that she led a very sinful life, she set out on an anti-pilgrimage to the Holy Land, an invisible force kept her out of church, she realized her many sins and repented. She then spent the rest of her life in the desert in penance.
 During the homily, Deacon Kent encouraged us to use her example of repentance and penance.
I think the best thing though that can be said about this is summed up neatly by Pope Francis:
"The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness."

May God bless all who read my ramblings,

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