CMO 30: 080121 I AM LOVED
Saturday I was listening to a video presentation by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC (Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception) titled, Explaining the faith: The corporal works of mercy: Why they are necessary for salvation. I did not get an opportunity to finish listening to the presentation because I had to run some errands. I will watch the video in its entirety during the week.
One point that Fr. Chris mentioned during his presentation stood out for me. It was when he said, "God loves you too much to let you stay that way?" Fr. Alar was referring to living in a state of sin as I was prior to and sometimes after 2017.
That is when I believe I was called by the Lord to return to Him through His Mother and His Church, both of which made absolute sense to me. I decided to be obedient to that invitation, as that is what is was, an invitation, temptations, falls, and struggles notwithstanding.
Thank you, Jesus, for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Getting back to Fr. Alar's comment, thinking back to how I was living life prior to the event of 2017, it makes perfect sense to me (now) exactly what God was doing. He, as Fr. Alar pointed out, loved me too much to let me stay as I was. Sure, He knew how difficult it was going to be and the painful sacrifices that were going to have to be made in the process, but when I look back on where I was and where I am (today), I am deeply grateful for the gift of His love and grace because I like where I am and not where I was.
Thank you, Father, for not letting me stay that way because of love.
It never occured to me. Not really. Just how much God loves me. I mean, think about it. He sacrificed His only Son upon the cross because of love. Jesus, all the glory to God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) also willingly allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross by the very creatures He created as God because of love. What does that tell us? What should that tell us? There is no sin greater than that one sin Jesus spoke of that we cannot be forgiven for if are truly sorry and do all that we can in cooperation with God's grace to repent and sin no more.
Trust me folks. I get it. Serving and loving God is not always as fun as living the good life, but in the end, if we cooperate with His grace, obey the commandments and live righteously, we can look forward to living the good life forever in eternity with Him.
I have learned over the years that sometimes you just need to stop what you're doing, get in the car (with a loved one or friend) and just go somewhere. Break up the monotony. Monseiur Man and I are doing just that this afternoon. We are hopping in the car and driving to Stillwater. We will have dinner there, visit the Oklahoma State Unviersity campus and then drive back. No reason other than to enjoy each other's friendship and company, appreciate the beauty of Oklahoma that God created and to do something different other than sit on the sofa watching television. I am looking forward to it.