We are all called to take away sin in our world.  As Christians we must step up to restrain evil.

We are all called to take away sin in our world.  This homily was given April 28 at St. Anne Church in Frankfort, Michigan. The transcripts of Bishop Thomas Gumbleton’s homilies are posted weekly to NCRonline.org. Sign up here to receive an email alert when the latest homily is posted.

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton homily concludes:

Jesus gives us an extraordinary power when he tells us (he’s talking to the whole community; he’s not talking to just the clergy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation) whose sins you forgive (take away — that’s what the word means; they’re gone), and the sins or evil you restrain, it will be restrained if we follow the way of Jesus. That’s his message.

It’s true for us in every aspect of our lives — our personal lives, our community life, our national life and our life among the nations of the world — we must restrain evil, take away sin. That’s the only way we will bring peace, forgiveness and love into our world. It’s an extraordinary challenge, but that’s the challenge the risen Jesus gives to every one of us this morning. As we celebrate this Eucharist where Jesus comes among us in the sacrament of his body and blood and we share in that, we can be strengthened, enlightened and encouraged, and given the courage to live according to the way of Jesus, the way of peace, forgiveness and love.

This homily was given April 28 at St. Anne Church in Frankfort, Michigan. The transcripts of Bishop Thomas Gumbleton’s homilies are posted weekly to NCRonline.org. Sign up here to receive an email alert when the latest homily is posted.

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