Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin”

“Esoteric words neither make us holy nor righteous; only a virtuous life makes us beloved of God. I would rather experience repentance in my soul than know how to define it.” - Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

Gospel Text: (MT 18:12-14)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”

We can stumble on the narrow path, we can make the bad choice, we can find ourselves in places where we cannot escape and do not want to be. This is when we need someone to come to our aid, find us, lift us up and embrace us.

We cannot save ourselves.

It is the Father's plan that not a single one of these little ones shall ever come to grief. Our shadows diminish and disappear in the light of this Savior.

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