“Imagine being on a beach on low tide,” suggested the Very Rev. Timothy McKeown, Missionary of Mercy, who gave a reflection last night (May 5, 2016) on God’s mercy and forgiveness. “With a stick, write all your sins, then walk away. When the high tide comes, all your sins will be gone.” That’s what happened when someone goes to confession. When the priest gives absolution in Jesus’ name, all sins are forgiven. He lamented however, that many still do not take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and God’s mercy and forgiveness.
He gave three obstacles why.
- Choosing serious sin. We are locked in the prison of evil.
- Shame. Adam and Eve hid from God after they disobeyed God. They felt shame and had to cover themselves. They did not trust in the mercy of God.
- Bitterness. We close our hearts because we have been hurt. We need to be open to God’s mercy.
The greatest attribute of God is mercy. The Lord never tires to forgive us. It is us who get tired of receiving mercy and forgiveness. Let us all be open to God’s mercy.
Recently commissioned by Pope Francis to be a Missionary of Mercy, Father McKeown, brother of parishioner Carrie Schmidt, is the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish and dean of the Valdosta/Brunswick deanery. He came to Denver to be the Confirmation sponsor of his nephew. As a Missionary of Mercy, Fr.McKeown may “duly and validly absolve sins including those reserved for the Apostolic See, until the end of the Jubilee of Mercy.” Nearly a hundred people waited in line until 8:00 p.m. to seek God’s forgiveness and mercy. Fr. Doug Grandon also heard confessions.