September 22, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

“My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you, O my God, for our wicked deeds are heaped up above our heads and our guilt reaches up to heaven.” (Ezra 9:5-9)

ASHAMED: Ezra’s point is well taken. While we may not say it quite the same way, we too are burdened with sin and feel the shame to which he referred.

It is the shame that keeps us from seeking Reconciliation. So the sin sits there, taking on a life of its own, layers of guilt being added on. We begin to think we are unsalvageable and unlovable. How could God possibly continue to love such a sinner?

At these times, we are the lost sheep. We have strayed from the flock. The good news is that God is The Good Shepherd. He will leave His other sheep and come looking for us. When He finds us, He will rejoice! He will hold us tight in His loving arms and assure us, “There is nothing you could ever do to make Me love you less.”

These are encouraging words to keep in mind when we feel the weight of sin begin to pull us under.

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