So this morning someone was on campus condemning us sinners to Hell. Now this isn’t the first time this has happened. We’ve had other preachers come and condemn us as well; the difference is that today is Holy Thursday, the start of the Holy Triduum. I was really upset because isn’t it counter intuitive to say that sinners are going to Hell during the days that we recall Christ’s death on the Cross in order to forgive all sin?
Easter is a time of joy and celebration. There is nothing more joyful than God forgiving us by sending Christ to die on the cross to forgive all sin and bring us back to Him. Because of Christ and His Passion, we are saved. Our God is a loving God. I know that He doesn’t condemn anyone. No one on Earth has that power to do so, I mean Jesus did say “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” in John 8:7. We are all guilty of sin, and we are absolutely called to turn away from those sins, but that doesn’t mean we are destined to live a life of misery. For those who believe that we are all going to Hell because we are sinners, they are very mistaken. Christ died so that we wouldn’t be enslaved by our sins. His greatest desire is mercy, and He is waiting and willing to forgive us if we would only ask Him.
I hope those who are still unsure about God and Christianity don’t believe that all Christians are condemning. We are not. Heck, Pope Francis is making sure that all understand that “No one can be excluded from God’s mercy.” In March, Pope Francis declared a jubilee Year of Mercy which is to start December 9th2015. He is planning on using this year to “make more evident [the Church’s], mission to be a witness of mercy.” Christ started this mission and it is our mission to continue what He started. This upcoming jubilee year is much needed and simply a wonderful reminder of all we have to be thankful for because Christ forgave all our sins.
We need to pray for those who condemn others in God’s name. We need to pray for those enslaved to sin. We need to pray for those who believe they are unworthy to be forgiven because of their sins. We need to pray that one day all will find God’s love because He is loving, kind and merciful.
Have a Happy Easter everyone! Remember, God loves you!