is so strong and it is useful to look at some Old Testament roots to see this.
A: Psalm 25:7 ( a petition) – "Do not remember the sins of my youth, Lord! But rather, with your love remember me!"
B: Isaiah 43:25 ( a promise) – "It is I who wipe out your offenses; your sins I
remember no more."
C: Psalm 103:12 (a guarantee) – "As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us."
However, there is no silver/ magic bullet; God's mercy requires our cooperation with his grace. God tells Abraham in the first reading today (Gen. 20:18-32) that he will save entire cities if he can find even five righteous, repentant people. In our Second Reading St. Paul teaches the Colossians (Col. 2:12-14) that the doctrinal truth that Jesus paid the price for our sins, forgave us, and erased the record against us! And finally, in the gospel (Luke 11:1-13), Jesus teaches us to pray for forgiveness and to be forgiving ourselves, because the Father will always respond to such prayers that are in
harmony with his will. Mercy always triumphs over justice (James 2:13), so the moral demand that Holy Scripture places upon us is to be merciful to others just as God is merciful to us.
Our mercy is put to the test when we reflect on whether we really love everyone, even our enemies or evil politicians (evil is usually manifested by their words and deeds)- just look at what has happened in Italy Silvio Berlusconi. No, we do not have to love their immoral actions; but yes, we do have to love them as persons created by God, and endowed with a dignity accorded to every human being.
KNOW YOUR CATECHISM!
Articles (CCC) 1002, 1214, 1227 remind us that according to the Apostle Paul, the believer enters through Baptism into communion with Christ's death, is buried with him, and rises with him. As you were buried with him in Baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. Christ will
raise us up "on the last day" but, by virtue of the Holy Spirit, Christian life is already now on earth a participation in the death and Resurrection of Christ:. If then, you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Mercy is the loving kindness, compassion, or forbearance shown to one who offends (CCC Glossary); and those who approach the sacrament of Penance (CCC 1422).obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offence committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion. It is by means of the Sacrament of Reconciliation the offender is reconciled with those he has wounded.