WHEN SEEN IN THE LIGHT OF EASTER JOY, OUR SINS CAN WEIGH US DOWN WITH DISCOURAGEMENT. YET GOD’S LOVE DOES NOT DEAL IN PUNISHMENT AS HUMAN VENGEANCE DOES. GOD’S LOVE DISCIPLINES AND PRUNES US IN ORDER TO FREE AND PURIFY US–SOMETIMES A PAINFUL PROCESS–SO THAT WE MAY NOT DIE LIKE A WITHERED BRANCH BUT LIVE AND BEAR MUCH FRUIT IN THE RISEN CHRIST.
PRAYER: God of mercy and compassion, you brought about the salvation of the world through the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Have mercy on us when we fail to live the new life you have given us; raise us up when our sinfulness sinks us into discouragement; grant us courage to renew our desire to live according to your will, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.(Magnificat)