In my opinion, we live in a society today where we are ultra-judgmental of everyone and every situation. Yet “sin” is apparently not a part of our lives. We have a wonderful, powerful sacrament in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Yet very few people take advantage of God’s healing forgiveness. So why is that?
First of all, what is sin? I believe it is simply turning away from God or separating ourselves from God for at least that moment. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen had this to say on the topic of sin back in the 1970’s: “Sin is not the worst thing in the world. The worst thing in the world is the denial of sin.”
If we deny there is sin, or say to ourselves, “Well, I don’t do anything too serious; I’m sure God forgives me,” we are making us and not God the Judge. What is it that keeps us away from asking God for forgiveness? Is it pride? Well, that’s a sin, too! And what about our loved ones who have gone before us? Do we believe they are with God and all the saints in Heaven? If you are like me, you would certainly say a resounding “yes”! Yet, we need to pray for them as well! If they are in Heaven, our prayers will be redirected to someone in need; they won’t be wasted!
Sin is most definitely a part of our world. Satan is a part of our world. The sacraments are here for us to receive God’s grace and they are a true gift. Do you want to ignore, or worse yet reject God’s love for you? Think about it and open yourself to God’s incredible grace!
- Deacon Jeff