Lenten Reflection for April 4

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 130
  • Ezekiel 33:10-16
  • Revelation 11:15-19

roses along the roadPutting the passage from Revelation next to the passage from Ezekiel reveals a startling relatedness between the two passages.

“As I live,” says the Lord God, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; […] None of the sins that they have committed shall be remembered against them; they have done what is lawful and right, they shall surely live.” Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.”

My friend Matthew, who was ordained to the Catholic priesthood this past Advent, posted a “selfie” on his Facebook page recently, which he titled, The Happiest Place on Earth. When I examined it more closely, I saw that he was in his Confessional, possibly preparing to hear Confessions. (He assures me that he turned off the phone and put it away before anyone came in.)

These two passages remind us of how wonderful it is to know with certainty that God has forgiven our sins, and that we have a second chance to receive God’s eternal life, which is perfect happiness.

They also warn us what may happen to us if we turn again to our sins – if someone does good their whole life, says Ezekiel, but they commit an evil act at the end, without repentance, they will be treated as evildoers in the afterlife. But if someone who has done evil all his life repents of it before the end, and finishes with good acts, then he becomes a Saint. Halleluiah!

I’d recommend that you choose the second one – Sainthood. It’s not too late. ♥

by Judith McRae

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