Audio Readings October 4, 2013 26th Week in Ordinary Time

Baruch 1:15-22; Psalm 79:1-5, 8-9;Luke 10:13-16
Saint Francis of Assisi

… they would long ago have repented. (Luke 10:13)

Imagine that you’ve found an old painting from an antique shop and have paid fifteen dollars for it. You take it home and try to clean it, but nothing seems to work. You decide to take it to an art restorer. When you return to pick it up, the artist informs you that this is a rare masterpiece, and it’s worth at least one million dollars!

Did you know that each of us is also a rare masterpiece? It’s true, but it’s often hard to see. That’s because quite often, our souls more resemble the old painting in the antique shop: covered over by the effects of sin, just waiting to be restored to their original beauty.

The good news is that there is one Person who can do that work of healing and restoration—Jesus! And he does it in the most powerful way possible—through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

We often look at Reconciliation as a chore, an uncomfortable thing we have to do every now and then so that we don’t get into too much trouble. But the truth is that this sacrament is one of the best ways for us to encounter God’s grace and power. When we confess our sins, we open the door not only for the Lord to pardon us but also to wash us clean and set us free. Our confession gives Jesus the opportunity to fill us all over again with his peace and the joy of salvation.

In today’s Gospel, we read how Jesus wanted the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum to experience God’s goodness and mercy. He invited them to repent so that they could be relieved of their guilt and rediscover the beauty that lay within them. Every one of the miracles he performed in their midst was meant as a sign of the new life he was offering them. But they just couldn’t bring themselves to repent—and so they lost out.

Don’t follow their example! Believe that your heavenly Father is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in kindness (Psalm 103:8). Trust that Jesus has come to save, not to condemn (John 3:17). Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this weekend. And watch to see how your inner beauty shines forth!

“Thank you, Lord, for your love! Teach me the joy and freedom of repentance.”~WAU

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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