One of the things I love about being Catholic is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This Sacrament not only presents the opportunity to be reconciled to God, it also allows us to leave the baggage of our lives and sins at the confessional door. The reason I write this is because so often the history of our own past and the choices we’ve made can haunt us for years to come, and they become like chains holding us from moving forward.
This week’s readings deal with this very subject. In our first reading from Isaiah, Our Lord tells the people not to focus so much on the past because He is beginning a “new work” in us, and to go and announce His praise. Do we ever think of the new work God is doing in us? Do we counter act our doldrums by praising God? As Christians we should
never remain the same for long. We should always be asking for God’s will to be done in our lives and not be afraid to move forward. It is not always easy as we become comfortable and don’t want anyone or anything to rock our little worlds. However, just like water, if we fail to be flowing, we become stagnant in our walk with God, and then our journey will begin to decay and stink! St. Paul tells us to mature in our relationship with Christ. He talks of his own past as rubbish and that he awaits what lies ahead, not behind.
In the Gospel from John we hear about the woman caught in adultery. Our blessed Lord Jesus tells her accusers that “whoever is without sin to cast the first stone”…This was a woman whose past followed her around. Our Lord does not condemn her but does tell her to “go and sin no more”. She needed to transform her life. All of us are called to do the same. If your own past or sins follow you and have become chains, or you are simply tired of dragging them around, then it is time to try something new. Go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and be made right with God, ask our Lord to pour out His Spirit upon you and move forward in your Catholic Faith… Something new to think on…May God richly bless you always…