In its purest simplicity we easily and often overlook it. Christ came to save us – each and every one of us – from our own sins and sinful lives. Like the shepherd who pursues the one sheep out of a hundred that is lost, He pursues us. Like the woman looking for the lost coin, He searches everywhere, even in the refuse of the world, to reclaim us for Himself. Like the father who ran to his (younger) son and came out and pleaded with his older son, Christ knocks at the door of our hearts. He knows the movements of our hearts and uses them to move closer to us so that He can effect the reconciliation He so desires from us. Yes, as St. Paul states so eloquently in his letter to Timothy, Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant… Christ came into the world to save sinners. His Divine Mercy is nothing new but He keeps reminding us of it, unceasingly, and He also reminds us that we are not alone, that we are called to help each other.
One of the more beautiful aspects of Moses’ encounter with God on the mountain is the change of heart that takes place, not in God but in Moses. God does not change; He is immutable. It begins with the Lord telling Moses, “go down at once to your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved.” He threatens to destroy them and to make Moses a great nation, the same promise He made to Abraham, but Moses replies, “Why, O Lord, should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt.” Moses restates the truth of the matter and does not let his ego accept the Lord’s offer to become a great nation. He pleads for the people as if they are his. Unlike the older son, who tells his father he will have nothing to do with your son, Moses defends the people and pleads for God’s Mercy. Just as the father tells the older son that the younger son is your brother. God would like us also to care for our siblings and remind them of this truth: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.