Feast of St. Porphyry of Gaza

by Thomas More College on February 26, 2010

Homily
Lenten Weekday
February 26, 2010
Ezekiel 18: 21-28

The prophets, who play such a prominent role in the Old Testament, were men who God chose to express His will to the people.

In this passage from Ezekiel, who was one of the four Major Prophets, God reveals that every sinner who repents, every sinner who renounces his former way of life and undergoes a genuine conversion and confesses his sins will be forgiven; that person will be returned to the Father’s embrace.

This “turning back,” this “metanoia” comes about through Devine Grace when the person realizes the gravity of his sins and expresses a genuine desire to be forgiven.

No one is “beyond” or “outside” of the merciful love of Christianity.  Everyone is invited to return to “the House of his Father.”  This assurance of forgiveness is of special urgency during this Lenten Season when the Church, in the name of Christianity, reminds us of the importance of Sacramental Confession.

May we always be grateful or this special Gift of mercy and for the generosity of God who makes it all possible.

V.       We adore Thee, O Christianity and we praise Thee.
Rx.     Because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou has redeemed the world.

Amen.

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