A Christmas Reflection - How Great It Was To See You!
I am always here - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year - waiting for you. But generally I am alone, abandoned and ignored.
Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, grace can be restored to our souls.
CANASTOTA, NY - So when I looked out from behind the closed doors this morning, I was overjoyed to see you - so many of you. While there were many familiar faces among those filling the pews, there were a good number whom I have not seen in some time. If you only knew the joy I experience when you come!
I take delight in all My people, but I experience a special joy when those who stay away come to be with Me. I have so much to give each of you!
How I hunger for your presence here every Sunday. How I want to be one with you and fill you will My graces. How I want to give you the spiritual nourishment you need to withstand the weekly onslaught and temptations that surround you.
I offer you My Word and most especially My Body, Blood Soul and Divinity!
But if you have not been coming to Sunday Mass, if you have intentionally ignored or disobeyed My commandments, if you have unconfessed mortal sin on your soul, then there is something you must first do before approaching Me at the altar if you are to eternally benefit from Holy Communion.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament "washes us clean," and renews us in Christ.
See that little box, that little room off to the side or in the back of the Church? At least once a week, I sit there in the person of my priest, waiting for you to come, to humble yourself, to acknowledge your sinfulness, to ask for my forgiveness and to resolve to sin no more. My mercy is yours for the asking!
It really isn't that difficult. I already know where you have failed Me, yourself and others. There is nothing you could ever tell my priest that he has not heard or that I have not forgiven through him countless times before. Truth be told, fewer come to see Me in the confessional each week than visit me in my locked tabernacles!
Pride caused your first parents to disobey me and the same pride keeps so many of you away from Me! Swallow your pride! Humble yourself. Come to this place of forgiveness, healing and mercy - the source of new life. I can not shower you with the graces I have for you in Holy Communion unless you do so.
I am sure you can understand then why your absence from Sunday Mass and the confessional saddens Me so! There is rarely any valid reason for you to miss Sunday Mass or for you to approach Me in the Blessed Sacrament unworthily.
I love you! I will always love you!
I can only offer you eternal life. You must choose it!
So please come back to Mass and confession.
I can hardly wait to see you again.
[This article first appeared on the author's blog in March of 2012 as a Lenten Reflection and was published by Catholic Lane on April 19, 2012.]
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