So there we have it!!
Paragraph 1420 says, “Through the sacraments of Christian initiation, man receives the new life of Christ. Now we carry this life ‘in earthen vessels,’ and it remains ‘hidden with Christ in God.’ We are still in our ‘earthly tent,’ subject to suffering, illness, and death. This new life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin.”
Because of that, here is how Good God is
Paragraph 1421 says, “The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members.”
THIS IS REMARKABLE!!
What was Jesus’ ministry?
To save us from eternal damnation in Hell
Also to RECONCILE US to the Father and the community so as to bring us into the Body of Christ
Also to HEAL
That is the purpose of the two sacraments of healing
Confession and Anointing of the Sick
There is a REAL HEALING OF THE SOUL that happens and there is a REAL HEALING OF THE BODY that can happen through these two sacraments
Paragraph 1422 says, “‘Those who approach the sacraments of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.’”
Our sins have wounded the Church, our brothers and sisters
There are personal sins where we make a choice
There are some sins that are private and not known
There is no such thing as a sin that is just between us and God
Because we have been brought into the Church, the family of God
Every sin is not only a sin against God
They are also against our brothers and sisters
When one member of the Body gets strong, the whole Body is strengthened
When one member of the Body is weakened, or chooses to walk away, the whole Body is weakened
Even though we walk away from the Church and God, the Church continues to always labor for our conversion through love, example, and prayer
God never gives up on us
The Church never gives up on us
You might feel that the Church has given up on you
You may feel that you can’t be reconciled to the Church, that it is impossible
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!
Fr. Mike talked about irregular marriages before
Some people may feel that they can’t be reconciled because of that
God always provides a way so don’t give up
Whatever the situation is, the Church continues to labor for our conversion, by love, example, and prayers
Fr. Mike isn’t saying that Christianity is easy or that following Jesus is easy
Everyone listening has a whole slew of reasons why they may think God doesn’t love them, doesn’t want to use them, etc.
We come up with reasons why we think we are disqualified
What does the Church continue to do?
What does God continue to do?
God continues to reach out to us
We are all in the same boat even we all have different stories and wrestle with different things
There are no dead ends for any of us
God can make a way for every single one of us
DON’T GIVE UP!!
Paragraph 1423 says, “It is called the sacrament of conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin. It is called the sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.”
Paragraph 1424 says, “It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a ‘confession’-acknowledgement and praise-of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.”
Every time we approach the sacrament of Confession we are acknowledging and praising the God who is HOLY AND MERCIFUL
There are two MIRACLES that happen at each Confession
The first is being CONVICTED OF OUR SINS
Because we can numb ourselves because that is what sin does
SIN NUMBS US!!
The second miracle is that we have been convicted by God’s MERCY and the TRUTH and BELIEF that God WANTS TO FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS
MIRACLE 1: THE CONVICTION OF OUR SINS
MIRACLE 2: THE CONVICTION OF GOD’S MERCY
Paragraph 1424 continues, “It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent ‘pardon and peace.’ It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles…”
There is a difference between being FORGIVEN and being RECONCILED
We have people we are called to FORGIVE
We are not necessarily called to be RECONCILED WITH THEM
We MUST extend the offer of forgiveness
We have been commanded by our Lord
“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
We have not been commanded to reconcile
Yes there is a verse in the Bible where Jesus tells us to reconcile with our brother before we bring our gift to the altar
That is real
Forgiveness is when I release you from your debt
Reconciliation is when the relationship has been restored
There are times when we offer forgiveness, but we ought not offer reconciliation
There may be people in our lives that we forgive, but we can’t have the relationship we had before
It’s not wise
It’s maybe not even possible
In the sacrament of Reconciliation, our relationship with God is restored
We are called to go beyond that and be reconciled with our brother
Yes, that is true
Matthew 5:24 says so
There are times when we are called to forgive and not necessarily be in relationship again
Here’s Fr. Mike’s example so let’s listen…
Reconciliation is bringing someone into your trust once again
When someone has wounded that trust, it would be foolish to trust them again
We need this sacrament
Yes we have been given new life in Christ in Baptism
We have this fancy word called CONCUPISCENCE
Concupiscence is inclination towards sin and we all have it
The consequences of Original Sin are that we have a DARKENED INTELLECT, a WEAKENED WILL, and ATTRACTION TO SIN
We can understand but not clearly
We can make choices but not as strongly as we should
We experience death
There are things that we want that we know are not good for us
This remains with us
With the help of the Grace of Jesus we can prove ourselves in the struggle of the Christian life
Paragraph 1426 says, “This is the struggle of conversion directed toward holiness and eternal life to which the Lord never ceases to call us.”
God will NEVER cease to call us to this life of holiness
There may be many times when we think we are disqualified
God is calling us to the heights of holiness
We are not disqualified and God never ceases to call us
Even in the midst of our brokenness, concupiscence, and our sins
God never ceases to call us
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!