The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
God’s greatest gift to us is his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection open the door to salvation and eternal life through the gifts of mercy and forgiveness. But do we utilize these gifts? Are we wise enough to recognize what God is offering and take full advantage of it? The best way to appreciate this great gift comes with participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka going to regular confession). Gifts left unused are useless.
A few months later, my mother shared her diabetes had progressed and she would now require daily insulin shots. A light went off in my head. My father had his first heart attack at 34, and by the age of 55 was a heart transplant recipient. Now, my mother, barely in her 70s, had become severely diabetic. Both diseases plaguing our parents, we know from their doctors, could have been prevented or at least controlled with diet and exercise. Yet, neither followed this advice and are paying the price with their health. My sister’s gift was not about judgment or control. No, it was given from a place of deep love and concern. She could care less about what my outside looked like; this gift was all about my having a healthy, strong inside.
Unused Gifts from God
Now I go as often as I can, usually opting for the once a month schedule. Like my desk, if I keep up the tidying, it tends to not become unruly or overwhelming. Additionally, due to the healing element of this Sacrament, the more I go, the healthier my soul will be!
All Rights Reserved Allison Gingras, 2017
First appeared on Women in the New Evangelization (WINE) “From The Vine”
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