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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Obedience

Today, each reading convicted me in some way. The first, from Eziekel, speaks of turning from virtue to iniquity...and dying.

And I know that I am deserving of death. Even as I sit at Mass, I plot my next sin...I can't even sit through Mass without offending God.

But God is merciful, so in the psalm, we are given a reminder of God's mercy, and His help in turning away from sin, for He will reveal the path. God knows we are weak, we are lost, and we are enslaved to our sins.

In the second reading, we were reminded to put others before ourselves, regarding others MORE IMPORTANT than ourselves. Again, there I was being smacked. Each and every word condemned me.

But the frosting on this cake of conviction came in the Gospel:


A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'
He said in reply, 'I will not, 'but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,‘ but did not go.
Which of the two did his father's will?"
They answered, "The first."



I am the disobedient daughter. I am told to go, I say I will, and then I sit on my duff and do other things. I rarely refuse and then think better of it; I simply lie and say I intend to do something I have no intention of fulfilling.

This afternoon, while praying the Divine Office, this thought was nagging at me. I looked up at Jesus in the tabernacle, knowing my guilt, knowing HE knows my guilt. And I wondered how I could climb out of the cesspool I've created. I considered some people I surmise to be very holy, but remembered some of their own flaws. We all have our favorite sins, we all have things we're working on.

We're not perfect...and it is from that poverty that we reach upward towards Our Crucified Lord.

It came to me that yes, I'm a mess and I'm very entrenched in my sins. But in some areas of my life, things are getting better. I'm not ignoring ALL of God's grace...only selected Grace. It's a Grace alone to recognize that.

And Our Lord reminded me this very afternoon...He's not giving up. He did not go to the Cross for me only to give up on me. He's not asking for me to perfect myself; He's asking me to keep getting up, and keep trying. I may be the disobedient daughter, but maybe one day I'll finally be the one who does the Father's will.

4 comments:

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, we pray this in the Confiteor in Mass...my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault.

We strike our chests as sorrow for our sinful nature.

Repentance is a true change of heart and not just saying I'm sorry...

We are all the disobedient son or daughter in this story. We all fail. Fortunately, by the Grace of God, we astrive to perfection, that we may one day do the Faither's will.

At Mass today, Father focused on Repentance and Confession...(the first part was a bit from his sermon)...I can't remember the rest right now, i'll add more later for sure.

This battle against sin isn't one we can do on our own, we need the grace of God.

Father Cory Sticha said...

This post shows very clearly how powerful and beautiful Our Father's mercy is. He knows we're going to sin again, even right after performing our penances for our previous sins, but He still forgives us, still reaches out to us. He wants us to have perfect contrition, to truly sin no more, but He also knows we cannot without His grace. That's why He gives us so many opportunities to receive His forgiveness. We just have to keep taking advantage of those opportunities and keep growing in His grace. This is why we need confession more frequently and why we need to receive the Blessed Sacrament every chance we can, especially daily.

Adoro te Devote said...

Joe ~ Amen!

Father ~ I am so grateful for the Sacraments. They're what keep me on the straight and narrow. I didn't make it to Mass today, hope to tomorrow, but every day I spend time with Our Lord in Adoration. And when I start avoiding Him...I know THAT'S when I need to go to Confesson! (Um...I actually know before then but the avoidance tactic hits me especially hard!)

brotherjuniper said...

I've had similar experiences to this one. I had one this morning, in fact, when I was reading Matins. I was suddenly struck with so much guilt over what I have not been doing recently with my spiritual life and yet I am happy, as you say, that God has not given up on me.

The Bible says that the righteous man falls seven times during a day. God only knows how many times ordinary mortals fall and give up.

Thank you for your edifying post.

God bless,

Brother Juniper