In Psalm 145:8, today’s responsorial; we are told that the lord is gracious and merciful. And what other Bible passage to accompany it than from Hosea. It is from Hosea, precisely two chapters from the one we read today Hosea 9, that I first heard God talking so compassionately to Israel, about how he had loved Israel and how Israel had broken his heart. In today’s reading we see that He calls Israel his wife, and he is the husband, what Love! And sincerely, this is but a tip of the iceberg as to the vast and boundless ocean of his Love and Mercy. God is madly in love with us! He himself is love and he has loved us from the very beginning of our existence, in fact it was precisely that Love that willed to bring us into existence in the first place, a love that is himself, he had been offering us himself from the beginning and has not ceased to offer us himself, and like St. Paul says, nothing can separate us from that infinite love of God. He himself makes sure that nothing does, especially, in the sacrament of Penance, where he has guaranteed that we would experience his healing touch in our Souls, wiping away all stain of Sin, that we may encounter his Divine Mercy.
What kind of faith do we have in the Love and mercy of God? In today’s gospel reading in Matthew 9, from verse 18-26, we see a woman with a hemorrhage and a man whose daughter had died, confident that the love of Christ was over and above all of these things that plagued them. The official said to Jesus, ‘ My daughter has died, but come lay your hands on her, and she will live’. Confidence! The woman with the hemorrhage said to herself, ‘If only I shall touch his cloak I shall be cured.’ These two set good examples for us as to the kind of confidence we should have in the love and mercy of God. May that be the path on which we tread as we discover the vast riches that he is pleased to offer us in him.
From your friend and brother: Chibuzor F. Ogamba