Be a true disciple, forgive; be forgiven

On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Scripture pronounces a solemn truth: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” Today Christ takes possession of what the Father has given him and thus He reigns as King over all creation.

We proclaim Him as our Lord, because He promises that when we find ourselves living in dark and troubled places- He Himself will give us rest; He Himself will find us when we become lost, or injured or sick.

Jesus is a king who loves and because of His love, He gave up His life, and freed us from our slavery, because only in love is He capable of liberating us from the bondage of sin and fear, thus making us part of His Kingdom which is good, loving and forgiving.

My dear friends, you don’t have to be afraid of Christ’s love and forgiveness because in it you will find the truth about yourself, and ‘the truth will set you free.’ Let down what binds you and come into the Light of His grace. Do not allow what frightens you to hide you from His sacraments.

After all, can it be so hard to know God in this way? Can it be so difficult for Him to find you? Let down your guard and risk the consequences of your actions: truth and life; holiness and grace, justice, love and peace.

Become a true disciple of Christ, a part of His Mission to draw all people to Himself and share the joy of His eternal Love.