I used to tell my oldest son, “don’t do that, because you’ll get hurt and then you have to go the hospital.” He would normally stop doing whatever he was doing, because he did not want to go to the hospital. It seemed effective, until his aunt ended up in the hospital for a couple weeks. While she was in the hospital he said to me, “Aunt Natalie must’ve done a lot of bad things cause she’s been in the hospital for a while.” I decided at this point it was time to stop saying that.
In the beginning of the Scriptures, Satan tells Adam and Eve, “surely you will not die if you eat the fruit from the tree.” Was God lying to them when he said they would die? Adam and Eve don’t die an immediate physical death. However, there’s a great reality we face that sin really does cause death. I don’t know how your Lent has been going or what you’ve been dealing with. I know this for sure though, sin equals death. If we don’t encounter mercy like the woman caught in adultery, we will spiral out of control.
Today Fr. Joe invites each one of us to experience God’s mercy and go and sin no more.
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3 Ways to Take This Offline:
- If you aren’t already, get in the habit of making a daily examination of conscience. Think about both the ways you have seen God at work in your life each day at the end of the day and the ways that you have sinned.
- If there’s a particular sin in your life that you continually struggle with make an effort this Lent to do something different to overcome that struggle.
- Find someone who can help keep you accountable to the areas you want to grow spiritually.