Sunday, July 16, 2006

Repent, Repent

So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. Mark 6:12-13


They went off and preached repentance, and many today do that. But we tend to be critical of our Priest when they preach too much repentance. Or we go off on them, thinking what got into them today, for the explosive way they gave the homily. Who are they after, today? Well for all intents and purposes it is us they are after for repentance.

We go around as if we are sinless, the confessionals are empty. There are no lines when the hour for this is available. And amazing how many there are in Church too. So out of all of them, maybe a small handful have gone to receive the sacrament of penance. And we sit in judgment of the one who was sent to preach repentance to us. So when the words of the Lord hit home in a homily by one of God's chosen, don't be a coward about going to the sacrament of penance. He is reaching out to you, to cleanse and heal you. But most importantly, so you can receive him with a clean heart, mind and soul.

But like anything else, we put everything else first, we go shopping, go to sports games, watch television. We take care of our pleasures first, but the one area we need to truly take care of. We are slugs at best, we have become good at putting off taking care of our own souls.

When we look at the news and read of what is happening and think is it possible, yet we still do nothing to prepare ourselves for any coming at all. My parish priest puts it best about people, we do everything at the last minute. And that is so very true of many. And we also tend to not like hearing that we need saving. What a pity then. Because God believes in us better than we do.

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