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The Lord Jesus conquers hearts by revealing to us our sins. He does not accuse us; Satan is the accuser. Jesus loves us into the truth about ourselves. Satan devours us. Jesus welcomes us to join Him in the intimate embrace of the Holy Spirit. Jesus frees us from sin and death. Satan hates us into oblivion. Jesus wants us to freely embrace Him. Satan demands our separation from God, the Lord and Giver of life. Jesus desires communion with us.
Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.Those resistant to the Lord's liberating vision, those who have not repented of their sins will, after this life, in death, confront their actions or lack of action and see clearly in the light of truth that the Lord provides how and when their choices were mortally and venially sinful. Those who die in a state of mortal sin will die an unending death. Mercy cannot touch the soul convinced of its own superiority. Those who die in a state of grace will see God, even as they endure a final purification (purgatory; cf 1 Corinthians 3:15).
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough ways plain.We are commanded to love our enemies.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant, the oath which he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.—St Luke 1:68-75Who are our enemies? Our enemies are the enemies of Christ Who is the way, the truth and the life. Our enemies are the enemies of reason and truth. We must pray that the eyes of our enemies may be opened to the truth before they die and become irrevocably trapped in a hell of their own making.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 6:23
Wide is the path to perdition.
Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.Therefore, enter through the narrow gate of self sacrificing love enabled by the grace of God. Only a chalice emptied of pride, egoism and selfish desires can hope to be filled by the life giving Blood of Christ, the very life of God. Only the grace of God can empty that chalice and fill it with life. Only in and through Jesus can salvation be received. Without Jesus, we are trapped in sin. We, sinful creatures, need a saviour to rescue us from ourselves. Jesus became one of us, like us in all ways except sin. He took on man's sin and freed mankind from eternal death.
Friends, Romans, countrymen—Lent me your ears.
The Holy Spirit, called upon in Jesus' Name, enables us to see our faults so we can confess our sins and be received into communion with the Lord. Our loving Father will give us the grace of the Holy Spirit. If we cooperate with His grace, if we ask for help in Jesus' Name to confront the obstacles we place between us and God's love and life, we will grow in holiness and be pleasing to the Lord.
Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth!