Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130; Mt 5:20-26

Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
It's a sad that some people take pleasure in seeing others fail—especially those whom they deem deserving some form of divine retribution. Humans can be petty and mean-spirited, refusing to let go of past offenses, delighting in others receiving their comeuppance. However, our God, who has the right to judge our wrongdoing, prefers rejoicing in our returning to him. In fact, we are assured that when we turn away from sin and practice virTuesday our wrongdoing is forgotten. That unsettles the grudge-holders. God's law, however, is a law of love. A lack of charity toward others struggling with sin, frustrates the nature of love. We must allow others, and ourselves, to reforge bonds, not smugly triumph at their struggle.
Merciful Lord, may we genuinely seek and eagerly celebrate every sincere desire to return to you.