Whose sin is so great ?

In this mornings readings we find Ezra.  The priest of his people who is lamenting his flocks great sins.

Part of the reading states : ”

At the time of the evening sacrifice, I, Ezra, rose in my wretchedness,
and with cloak and mantle torn I fell on my knees,
stretching out my hands to the LORD, my God.

I said: “My God, I am too ashamed and confounded to raise my face to you”

This brings to mind the thoughts of sinfulness, and forgiveness.

Here is a man who is praying in his embarassment and shame, to God for what his people have done.   How many of us have not been in these shoes ?    It really does not matter the size of the sin.  The truth of the matter is that sin is sin.  whether your sin is huge or small in the eyes of yourself, society, family, or friends, any sin is offensive to God.

Sin is a funny thing.  You go to confession, and feel pretty good about getting out of there with a cleaner soul than when you got there, BUT…    The funny thing about sin is, the more you know, the more you pay attention, and then the more aware you become of the fact that you are committing sins.    Where before you started paying attention, you figured you were fine.    Now, does that mean you should quit paying attention ?  No..  It means that we have a need for a constant conversion.  It has been said that ” church is a school of sinners, not a palace of saints”.    There is a good deal of truth in that.  There are saints, and we are blessed to have them as examples of ways to live our lives.   But studying the saints in detail will show exactly how human, how needy, but how loving they were.

We can also see God’s loving kindness and forgiveness in this reading, where time and time again, his people sinned, and they were forgiven.  We are blessed with the same kind of  loving forgiveness today.   It does not matter what you have done, or how long ago it was done, or what society has to say about it.   The Lord is the source of loving forgiveness that we all want and need.  In the sacrament of Reconcilliation we receive forgiveness we all need, and the love that we all crave, to the glory of God !


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