Could you have approached Jesus, washing his feet with your tears, anointing his feet with oil and drying them with your hair like the woman we heard of in Luke’s gospel today? Or would you have stood on the sidelines, listening and watching Jesus converse with others and been fearful of approaching him? How is it that this woman felt she could approach Jesus even though she and everyone around her knew she was a sinner? The woman obviously knew and believed in Jesus. She had a personal, intimate relationship with him and trusted that when she approached him, showing her love for him, he would forgive her sins. He would show mercy and love and in turn, she would go forth avoiding sin and loving others as Jesus loved her.
I have been told by a number of people that they don’t go to Mass or Confession anymore because it has been so long and they feel as though it is too late. It is NEVER too late to rekindle your relationship with Jesus! Come to him, not only in time of need, people seem to get that part right, but come to Jesus and let him show his love for you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation that you might know and feel the joy of his unending mercy and forgiveness. Build on your relationship to him by attending Mass every weekend and praying to him every day. That “every” may seem like too much at first, but taking the time and making the commitment will change your life. You WILL draw closer to Christ again. In the act of confessing and desiring to make a change, you will be reconciled to God who was always there, waiting for your return. If there is someone in your circle of family or friends who has drifted away from the Church, pray to God that he might provide a time and a place for you to invite them home. Do not stand in judgement or tell them how you practice your faith, they already know that and may very well be judging themselves. Simply invite them to consider coming with you or going themselves to Mass. Be gentle with your words and your actions; show them the love that you have learned from knowing Jesus. Share with them your belief that Jesus will forgive them and that renewing their relationship with him is sure to bring them joy and peace. Do not nag. Continue to live your life in Christ, loving and caring for God’s people. Then wait patiently for them to share with you the experience of renewing their relationship with Jesus. This task of inviting belongs to every baptized person and is the mission of the Catholic Church; to bring the Good News Wof Jesus Christ to others.
With joy and peace,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC