Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Roland Chidiebere, CMF


Reconciling with our Father             

Scarlet is one of those colors very easily noticeable – just watch the Cardinals in a procession, their presence stands out! Today’s message holds that no matter how obvious one’s sin may be, returning to the Lord is the answer to getting cleansed. This was prophet Isaiah’s message to the people of his time and to us today! He makes reference to the story of Genesis chapter 19 focused on Sodom and Gomorrah: the practice of homosexuality and inhospitality which comes down in history under the expression ‘sodomy’. It brings our attention to God’s distaste of sin in general and homosexuality cum inhospitality in particular. In spite of the current practice of some nations and states glorifying homosexuality legally, the Church keeps reminding us that sin distances us from our Father; tries to break the bond between us and God.   

Our Lord Jesus Christ makes the same clarion call in the Gospel reading. He encourages us to abide by the Word of God as explained by the Scribes and Pharisees as authorities, but not to follow their lifestyle, for it distastes the Lord. In other words, ‘sin is sin’ no matter who commits it! In the same way good deed, which is our Christian trademark, remains forever edifying!

And so, as we progress in our Lenten observances, washing ourselves clean, which in our liturgical expression refers to appropriating the blessings of the sacrament of reconciliation, deepens our closeness to God, makes us become ‘spiritually white as snow.’ Therefore, two calls are set before us: turn away from anything that make us derail from the path of union with God; and embrace acts of charity, as a reflection of our resemblance of the generous Father with whom we are reconciled.


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