All of us feel bad about ourselves from time to time because of sinfulness. Perhaps we even believe that God cannot forgive us for the wrongs that we have inflicted on others. If anyone thinks that, be reassured by the words of today’s first reading from Ezekiel.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you
to cleanse you from all your impurities,
and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you,
taking from your bodies your stony hearts
and giving you natural hearts.
I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes,
careful to observe my decrees.
You shall live in the land I gave your ancestors;
you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
God is merciful. He will not abandon any sinner who cries out to him.
Cry out to Jesus, and you will find the love and strength to make amends with your sisters and brothers.