“Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.” (Mt 11:20).
To encounter Jesus is to be invited to change. Jesus shines the light of his love and mercy into the darkness of our own fallen nature, where we are wounded, sinful, and broken. He invites us to repentance, healing, and reconciliation. A wonderful invitation, but why would we turn away? The light is too bright.
Facing our own darkness and brokenness is not easy and can be frightening as well as intimidating. That is why we are so vulnerable to temptation and distraction. We are not able to sit still because we want to keep moving so as not to face the fear and pain, nor let go of our false senses of security and the glitter of apparent goods.
May we pray for one another and be present to one another, that we can embrace the light of Christ, be willing to change, to repent: to turn back to God. God loves us more than we can ever mess up. Jesus loves us more than we can ever imagine. Jesus’ arms are wide open to receive us in the midst of our pain and brokenness, but we must be willing to stop running from the pain and experience it to feel his loving embrace. The God of Jesus Christ, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is our source, our security, our refuge, our hope, and our fulfillment and when we trust him, he will lead us to all that is Good, True, and Beautiful.
“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).
Photo: Morning sunrise, a good day to begin again.
Link for the Mass readings for Tuesday, July 17, 2018: