‘Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?’ (Rom 2:4)

 ‘Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?’ (Rom 2:4)

St Hedwig, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, Bl Augustine Thevarparambil, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Readings: Rom 2:1-11; Ps 61[62]:2-3, 6-7, 9; Lk 11:42-46

Flying a paraglider or riding a cable car in the Alps is truly a fascinating experience, and one might even think of doing so quite often. But how would it be if we were to make it our place to stay?

Similarly we may find God’s benevolence and kindness appealing and comforting, but can we just bask in it always and do nothing else?

From the time we were very young we were taught to be grateful for God’s kindness. In obedience, I always responded thankfully to God’s goodness towards me. I felt comforted and thought that it was so good to experience his mercy and love. My gratitude kept on increasing and I felt great about myself as I thought I was very pious to respond gratefully to God thus.

But was it enough? What about ‘repentance’ (Focus)? And conversion? And reaching out to others? I cannot be sailing in the boat of comfort all the time. I need to think of what I can do for God in return. Conceit and complacency are at the heart of the list of things against which Christ proclaims his “woe to you” statements (today’s Gospel).

What could be the particular ‘woe’ the Lord has for me? Let me carefully examine my heart.

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