Friday, November 27, 2015

Forgiving is hard!

   Giving forgiveness to others is easy to say, but hard to do.  It is especially difficult in the midst of being wronged, but we are called to give forgiveness to others.  It sounds like such a tall task.  How can we do it sometimes?
   First, we must realize that forgiveness does not come with allowing the person to wrong you again.  No, if they are allowed to wrong you again, then they are sinning and distancing themselves from God.  God does not want this and neither should we.  Sadly, not always can we prevent them from wronging us.
   How essential is forgiveness?  After all, it is really hard sometimes.  We are called to “forgive those who trespass against” as we want God to “forgive us our trespasses.”  As Jesus said, “the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.” – [Matthew 7:2]
  If we want to be forgiven for our sins and enter Heaven, we must forgive others’ sins.  All of them.  It is hard and in some cases nearly impossible for us to do, but with God’s help we can do anything.  Jesus knows how to forgive in the hardest of situations.  While being nailed to the Cross, Jesus was able to offer forgiveness.  May God’s willingness to forgive our sins inspire and strengthen us to forgive others.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Yesterday, we thanked Veteran’s for their service to our great nation.

   These men and women served our nation and for this we owe them a deep gratitude.  They served our nation and, thus, they have served us.  Their service was selfless, courageous, and honorable.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
   Today, I would like to honor someone who served us all.  Jesus Christ!  A million times, thank you!  Jesus was God, yet He served those whom He created.  Who would think a God would become a servant to those He created?  It sounds absurd.
   Jesus served us because of His love for us.  How immense must be this love for God to become the servant of his creatures?  Sorry, I have a hard time comprehending it.
   But, how did Jesus Christ serve us all?  First, He became one of us and really dug in deep into the human experience, one marked by trials, suffering, joys, and sorrows.  Only after 30 years in the human experience did Jesus begin to teach publicly, which we greatly needed.
   Then, entrusting His teaching to His disciples, Jesus did the ultimate service for mankind.  He suffered and died for us.  Why is this a service?  Because of He did it for others.  No for Himself, but for us sinners.  He served us with all that He had.  His service for us and our nation is irreplaceable.
   Our nation’s motto: “In God We Trust.”  Thank you, Jesus!  I trust in You!

Monday, November 9, 2015

How can God love a sinner?

   Yes, God loves everyone, including all of us sinners.  But, how?  When we sin, we are basically telling God that we know better and can do this without Him.  Such a disregard for God begs this question.
   So, how can God love a sinner, one who shows such disregard for Him?  This is where we should be happy God is God and we are not.  For us, it is terribly difficult for us to love someone who does hateful things.  But for God, who is Love, it is not difficult, but it is painful.  After all, we are His children.
   Perhaps the best example we have is the family.  Parents love their children even after the children have shown disregard for them.  God is the One who created us.  We owe our being to God, much like we owe it to our parents.  The first commandment after the three about our relationship with God:  Honor your mother and father.
   If we were created in the image and likeness of God, we are children of God.  Think about that.  The infinite, all-powerful, all-loving God of the universe calls you son or daughter.  How could God do anything but love you?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

We sin when we do not trust God.

   As I have heard, “sin is what is taken and grace is what is given.”  God gives grace and we sin when we take.  It is a slap in God’s face to sin.  We are not trusting that the God that is Love will give us good things.  No, we think that we must take them to get them.
   It all started in the Garden of Eden.  There, Adam and Eve were told not to eat the fruit of one tree.  Only one tree!  Then, the serpent convinced Eve and Eve then convinced Adam that God was holding out on them.  So, they took what was not freely being given to them.  The Original Sin that has been passed down to all of us.
   Then, God banished them from the Garden of Eden, but even that was a gift.  God said, “what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever?” – [Genesis 3:22]  If Adam and Eve were to eat of the tree of life, they would have lived forever, but forever separated from God.
   This also points out that God had something much better for them to eat when they ate the forbidden fruit.  He wanted to give them eternal life in union with Him and they choose to try to do better.  Really?!?  Could they have done better than paradise with God?  Every time we sin, we are claiming the same, that we can do better.
   May we all say, as Jesus has revealed thru Saint Faustina, the phrase, “Jesus, I trust in You!”  Who else can we trust?