“Say to the fearful of heart: Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.”
What is “recompense”? “to make amends to (someone) for loss or harm suffered.” A simple definition. But it is usually offered by someone who has done someone else wrong. That does not seem to fit. We are the ones who have wronged God. But God comes with divine recompense. What is that? Maybe if we look at the definition of the word vindication. “It is the action of clearing someone of blame or suspicion.”
Now, divine recompense seems to make more sense. Vindication and divine recompense have to go hand in hand. God could not truly be a just God if he did not also account for sin. This is, of course, the work of Jesus. Our God is a God of justice and mercy. But it is not a cheap grace that is conveniently handed out without us calling on God’s mercy. And how do we call on his mercy? It can only be done through accepting the work that Jesus did for the sake of humanity. There is no other name by which …read more

Source:: Fr. Frank Jindra’s Homily Podcasts