24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

“I have been mercifully treated.”  I am often asked by family and friends, “what happened to you?” I smile and take no offense at the question. It’s true. I am different. I have changed. There is something so radically different about me. I am not the person they know or remember me to be. Actually, I am finally myself, the person I was called and created to be.  Deep down inside, I understand the origin of the question and what is being asked of me. In general, people want to know what happened to me. They want to know when and how did I come to know the love of God. When did I know that God was calling me? How did I hear and recognize God’s voice? How did I come to love and trust God? In my response, I share that I have come to know and love God personally and intimately since the time that I better understood his profound love and his divine mercy. It wasn’t always the case. It’s the fruit and grace born from what I consider to be my first good, open, honest, and true confession. Everything was poured out, surrendered and shared. To that point in my life, I never knew nor experienced how profound God’s love was for me and all humanity. I never understood the magnitude of God’s mercy. It’s endless, unfathomable, ever so patient, rich in kindness, unconditionally loving and forever forgiving. Truly, I believe God has forgiven me. He reconciled me to himself. He has truly forgiven me. I have been mercifully treated. God has helped me to receive his forgiveness. God has helped me to forgive others. God has helped me to forgive myself and now I am truly free to be loved by God and to be loving to God, my family, my friends and everyone else. I did not really understand God, his love or his mercy.  I did not really know God because my love was selfish, self serving, conditional and not contrite. My prayer life was the same. I only went and talked to God when I needed him or wanted something or the thought of a certain outcome concerned me or I was afraid of the possibility of failure, embarrassment, or hurt. My love and prayer did not come from the heart. But I have been so mercifully treated. God has given me a second, third and fourth chance. In and through mercy, I have been loved and forgiven and now I never want to sin again.

 

Reflections from the Heart – August 14, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - August 14, 2022
20th Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “I have waited, waited for the LORD, and he stooped toward me ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – August 7, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - August 7, 2022
19th Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “See, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, ...
Read More

Reflections from the heart – July 31, 2022

Reflections from the heart - July 31, 2022
18th Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – July 24, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - July 24, 2022
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time by Fr. Ivan Olmo “See how I am presuming to speak to my Lord.” Abraham’s ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – July 17, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - July 17, 2022
16th Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.” Silence and ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – July 10, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - July 10, 2022
15th Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – July 3, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - July 3, 2022
14th Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Go on your way…” Our life is often described and compared to ...
Read More

Reflection from the Heart – June 26, 2022

Reflection from the Heart - June 26, 2022
13th Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – June 19, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - June 19, 2022
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christby Fr. Ivan Olmo “For as often as you eat ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – June 12, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - June 12, 2022
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinityby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – June 5, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - June 5, 2022
Pentecost Sundayby Fr. Ivan Olmo “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” Do you ...
Read More

Reflections from the Heart – May 29, 2022

Reflections from the Heart - May 29, 2022
Ascension of the Lordby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you.” I once ...
Read More