Friday 3 March 2023
Autumn Ember Day | Day of penance
Ezekiel 18:21-28. If you, O Lord, laid bare our guilt, who could endure it? – Psalm 129(130). Matthew 5:20-26.
Creating space for the power of God’s love
Some might find it unfair that, according to the preaching of the prophet Ezekiel, even the most evil people might find their past forgiven should they choose the righteous path. There are many people who have committed deeds we ourselves might consider unforgiveable.
I was recently following a conversation on these challenging ideas on social media. One Catholic was finding it difficult to think that those who committed some of history’s worst atrocities might still be in heaven with God. Another person responded that, for them, there was some consolation in the thought that – should that be the case – it would be a triumph for God. It would show that God’s love has power even in the most evil of places.
It’s worth sitting with that idea, even if we find it challenging. Are there relationships in our own lives where we need to create space for the power of God’s love to work?