Now is the time to say to Jesus:
“Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”.
How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost!
Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us;
we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.
-Pope Francis, Evangelli Gaudium, 3
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Celebration belongs to God’s Kingdom. God not only offers forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing, but wants to lift up these gifts as a source of joy for all who witness them. In all three of the parables which Jesus tells to explain why he eats with sinners, God rejoices and invites others to rejoice with him. “Rejoice with me,” the shepherd says, “I have found my sheep that was lost.” “Rejoice with me,” the woman says, “I have found the drachma I lost.” “Rejoice with me,” the father says, “this son of mine was lost and is found.” All these voices are the voices of God. God does not want to keep his joy to himself. He wants everyone to share in it. God’s joy is the joy of his angels and his saints; it is the joy of all who belong to the Kingdom.
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Return of the Prodigal Son
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