We Can’t Redeem Ourselves

shutterstock_79876921If we felt that we have hurt or offended others, we do our best to redeem ourselves from the mistakes we have committed against them and ourselves. We seek atonement as the only way to take away the guilt in our hearts. We contribute time and money to charitable projects to atone for the sins committed against others.

We often forget that God has sent His only Son to atone for our sins. It was Jesus who died on the cross to atone for our wrong doings. The grace of God is with us through the redemption in Christ Jesus. Do we always remember to be grateful for this grace?

Today’s gospel admonishes not only the people who killed the prophets that God sent, but also the people who condoned the killing and built their tombs. God’s messengers and servants served in the best of their ability, but there were those who, with the slightest provocation, chose to criticize them, find faults and continued to persecute them. It is no wonder that the “Pharisees began to oppose Jesus fiercely and tried to find fault in the things that he said and did.”

Let us reflect on our lives, in our actions, thoughts and deeds. Can we do more than be true to the teachings of Jesus, help those who are dedicated in serving the Church, especially the priests, bishops, nuns, religious … those whose task is to serve the true Shepherd?