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June 13, 2010: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be forgiving as God is forgiving.

Happy are they whose sins are forgiven, in whom God finds no evil, no deceit …I stopped hiding my sin and spoke out, “God, I confess my wrong.” And you pardoned me. …You, my shelter, you save me from ruin. You encircle me with songs of freedom. …Rejoice in God. Be glad and sing, you faithful and just. (Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11)

Today’s Scripture readings are about sin and forgiveness.
King David committed a terrible sin. He repented and God forgave him. In today’s gospel (Luke 7:36-8:3, or 7:36-50) Jesus forgives a woman who is a sinner. She showed by her actions that she was sorry and intended to turn her life around. We are all sinners. We do things at times that are sinful. It is part of being human.
Our God is loving and merciful. God will forgive our faults if we admit that we’ve done wrong and ask for forgiveness. Today’s Psalm reminds us, “Happy are they whose sins are forgiven.”

Action:

Turn to God and seek God’s forgiveness when you’ve done something wrong. Go the extra mile! Forgive those who do something bad to you! Be forgiving as God is forgiving.

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is a general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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