Pastor’s Reflection for March 6, 2016
On Ash Wednesday as ashes are placed on our foreheads we hear, “Turn away from sin, be faithful to the Gospel.” Sin is a word originating from the Greek word –hamartia– which means to miss the mark. We were created by God to love; to love God and to love our neighbor. When we are not loving, we sin. Thus, we miss the mark of our purpose. Sin is present in everyone’s life. As Scripture states in Romans 3:23, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We read in 1 John 1:10, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Sin always tempts us to choose our own will and to disobey God. Repeating the same sin can get to the point that it becomes a habit that we cannot stop. We become slaves to sin. We read in Romans 6:6, “We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be destroyed and we may no longer be slave to sin.”
Sin begins with a temptation in our mind. We go from thinking to acting. We are experts in deceiving ourselves, rationalizing our sinful behaviors. Sin may give us a quick pleasure but eventually we end up with guilt and shame, emptiness instead of satisfaction. If sin becomes habitual, we find that we spend less time meeting our responsibilities and more time catering to our cravings. For some, it is a downward spiral that will take its toll.
Jesus came to save us from our sins. The road to healing starts with confession, acknowledging our need for the grace of God to help us. We make a firm purpose of amendment and try each day to live the ways of Jesus. It is not an easy process but with the help of Jesus, we will achieve victory.
This week, we will have our parish mission on Monday – Wednesday, March 7-9, at 7 p.m. This special DVD series, Nothing Is Impossible, is led by John Michael Talbot. It is a life changing three day mission of Faith, Hope and Joy. Each evening will have inspired teaching, prayer and sacred music. The mission begins on Monday with John Michael Talbot’s Testimony, Tuesday will focus on The Jesus Prayer, and Wednesday will conclude with A Walk Through The Liturgy.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,