Sunday, February 24, 2008

Heavenly Reality Check

Today's readings made me think that God was trying to tell us of the importance of facing reality. Moses cries out to God when the Israelites complain to him of their life in the desert. They do not like their current reality. They would like painless change.

Jesus tells the woman at the well "everything (she) has ever done." He makes her face her sins. Not usually a pleasant lesson. What is her reaction? Rather than be insulted or offended, she sees that He is the Christ, and her life radically changes.

God does not want us to hide or to run away from our sins, but to embrace them as the channel of his grace, redemption and forgiveness. Our sins are not something to shrink away from in fear and denial but to face squarely and run to the Father for His forgiveness.

In the Holy Saturday liturgy, we hear,

"Oh, happy fault! Oh, necessary sin of Adam! That won for us so great a salvation!"

Let us lay our sins at the foot of the cross and thank our God for taking them upon Himself, and beg for His grace in our lives so that we might change . It is the only way we human beings have to overcome our self-imposed flawed lives.


Marie said...

God's Mercy is infinite as is His Love. One should never despair about their sins but instead make haste to the Sacraments...Confession brings such peace to the soul and Healing.

Great reflection TY Dymphna:)

Peace to you always:)


Marilena said...

a good point to note is,that we ought to go to confession as often as possible. this helps us to be rid of the sin that is keeping us separated from God. the cleaner our soul is, the closer we are to Him. the more we go to confession, the better our relationship is with God. one should make a habit of going to confession at least twice a month. or however often as you need it.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Thanks! I guess I neglected to point that out, didn't I?

Anonymous said...

Good reflection..

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Jennifer said...

What a wonderful post. I loved the readings last Sunday at Mass and the homily my priest did was great too. You touched on some of the same topics he did.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Thanks, Jennifer. Our priest actually did tie in confession last Sunday. Shame on me for forgetting to mention it here!

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"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark

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