“Do I want the death of the sinner? – word of Yahweh. “Do I not rather want him to turn from his ways and live?”
As a Father to us all, God does not bear grudges for past transgressions and mistakes. God is aware of all our imperfections and all our sins. He even hears the evil thoughts that are buried deep in our hearts. Sinners though we all are, God is anxious to forgive us all our sins. We only have to approach Him with a contrite heart. And Lent is a good time for us to slow down and reflect, in silence, to find God and to hear His voice. As Mother Teresa said, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.”
And so in the silence of our hearts and minds, let us try to find God and hear His voice, and ask hard questions about ourselves. How have I responded to God’s love and mercy? Have I, in turn, been loving, merciful, and forgiving to those who have offended me?