Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/022715.cfm
Thus says the Lord GOD: If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him; he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked? says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live?
And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do evil, the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does, can he do this and still live? None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered, because he has broken faith and committed sin; because of this, he shall die. You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!” Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair? When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die. But if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; since he has turned away from all the sins that he committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
How much clearer does the Lord have to be? If we sin we die, if we repent we live. He does not want anyone to die, but we choose life or death by our ways. We choose how we live our lives and we choose whether we will sin or not. If you sin, repent. You will be forgiven and will live for all eternity. The heavens will rejoice when you do.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your mercy and forgiveness heal our wounds when we turn to you. You offer us eternal life and so many turn away from you for the pleasures of this world. May your word reign in this world. In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen.
If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?