Thought of the Day February 1, 2018 Reconciliation

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St Paul tells us that we are to be ambassadors of reconciliation. "Only when we fully trust that we belong to God and can find in our relationship with God all that we need for our minds, hearts, and souls, can we be truly free in this world and be ministers of reconciliation. This is not easy; we readily fall back into self-doubt and self-rejection. We need to be constantly reminded through God's Word, the sacraments, and the love of our neighbors that we are indeed reconciled." (Henri Nouwen) That we have been reconciled back to the Father is a fact that can be accepted only in faith. We did not earned reconciliation. It is a pure gift from God. But do we fully embrace it with gratitude? The way we show this is to forgive as we have been forgiven. This is what it means for us to be ministers of reconciliation. Jesus did not refrain from forgiving us. We must not refrain from forgiving others from the heart. 

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