It is no accident that Christ spent his first moments with the Apostles after the Resurrection instructing them on the forgiveness of sins. Jesus came to reconcile the world to Himself, and now the Church has to continue sharing this great love.
St. Paul tells us that the ministry of reconciliation is not an invention of man. He and the other Apostles understood from the first time they saw Jesus after the Resurrection that the imparting of God’s peace and reconciliation as a core aspect of their mission to spread the Gospel.
In the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, he reaffirms this to the early Church:
“But all is of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18
But the Apostle Paul does not leave us with just that,
“For certainly God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not charging them with their sins. And he has placed in us the Word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, so that God is exhorting through us. We beseech you for Christ: be reconciled to God. For God made him who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the justice of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-21
How does St. Paul know that he has this mandate from Christ?
In Genesis, God breathed onto man, giving him divine life.
God does this only one more time in the Bible when he appears to the Apostles after the Resurrection and gives them the power to forgive… Continue reading