Sin has consequences, and we rarely have to wait for the next world to experience them. (from Bp. Barron’s daily reflection).

Seems like an ominous quote to start the day.  It shouldn’t.  Today’s readings are an example to all of us as to what could happen to us if we fail to repent.  The good book gives us example after example of how people sinned, turned away from God but then repented and received their salvation.  Our faith tells us this…Adam, Eve, David, Solomon, Peter – you could list all the Apostles here.  Saul was relentless in his persecution of the early Christians but having gotten knocked off his ass onto his ass, he repented and he was saved.  The good thief repented and he was saved.  So let’s look at the opening caption again…Sin has consequences, and we rarely have to wait for the next world to experience them.

Repent.  Ask God for forgiveness.  In a prayer written by Saint Faustina Kowalska, a prayer that was direct inspiration from Christ, the following is written…

  • Eternal God, in whom Mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

The treasury of compassion is inexhaustible!  We know sin has consequences.  We know we are sinners.  We know from numerous examples in the Gospel that we can either chose to repent and receive from the treasury of compassion OR we can chose to be hard hearted and face the rightful judgement of God.  You have before you the choice of life and death…chose life.

Do something great for our Lord today.  Acknowledge your sins and seek the treasury of compassion offered by our loving God.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

 

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