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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

Have you ever needed a vacation from your vacation?  During these summer months it is easy to do many things and activities and forget to rest and recharge.  Let me take this thinking a little deeper and maybe closer to home… How about this:  Have you ever felt as if you have wandered so far away from God that He would never take you back.  Perhaps you have made choices in your life you regret and you feel guilty about, so you drift away from God and His Church and begin wandering around lost and befuddled.  This week’s readings address this and so much more. 

In our first reading from Isaiah the Lord is calling to His people to return to Him.  He wants you to do what is right and just. To come to His house and be refreshed, He is calling to you.  He wants to prepare a feast of graces and blessings, and He wants you to have rest for your soul.  He tells the people to come to Him.  We need to do this as well.  We cannot do it by ourselves.  We need to turn to God with everything.  Our jobs, our families, our relationships, and yes, even our very lives need to be given over to Him.  If we do this, God will shower down on us blessings and graces like never before. 

St. Paul takes the Romans even deeper by telling them that God is a God of mercy and to return to Him.  The only thing that separates us from God is us.  We need to turn to Him in the Sacraments, that is why He set them up.  We need to go to confession and be reconciled, made right and healed, with God.  When we fall into sin, the enemy is quick to accuse us and make us feel that we cannot get right with God.  This is a lie from the pits of Hell!  Our Lord wants us to be healed and made clean.  Therefore let us not dilly dally any longer, or come up with excuses.  It is time to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Make a list of what has come between you and your God and confess it and be made whole once again. 

So, this week as our summer winds down, let us use this time for new beginnings and entering into the Sacraments in new ways.  Go to confession, enter into the Mass like never before, and receive rest in the Lord on your vacations and travels.  After all you have earned it, and the price has already been paid. We’ll leave the light on. Something to think about. May God richly bless you always!

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