The Disorder of Sin — Personal Rebellion
Whenever we look at the terrible sin of the world, for which Jesus died on the cross, we must pause and explore that same rebellion from God in our own hearts.
The grace we turn to God for this week is that we might know our sin — completely and profoundly — so that we might know the depth of God’s love for us personally. We want to know our sin at the level of our feelings.
What have I done? What have I failed to do? Habitually? Almost instinctively? At each stage of my life? When, throughout my life, to this very day, have I acted independently of God? When did I make up my own rules? How have I been dishonest — to others, to myself? When was I cruel or abusive? Lustful and greedy in my desires for power, control, consumption, self-gratification? To what degree have I rationalized and made excuses? How have I let my heart become cool to God and to others?
What evil continues because of me? Who remains hurt or damaged because of my selfishness? How have I been deaf to the cry of the poor? By not wanting to get involved or convincing myself that it wasn’t my responsibility? How have I insulated myself, lived in my own world, so that I don’t get bothered by the needs of others? How does my comfort cost others? How have I failed to notice, to care, to investigate, to respond, to get involved, to seek change? Do the poor have me as an advocate for them?
This is time for deep self-knowledge with a growing desire to know, as never before, the depth of God’s forgiveness and love. This should not be depressing but liberating. For we will discover that in our own ways we have auctioned off the cross and really strayed far from the desires God has for us. But we will end each day discovering that that cross signs a wondrous love that frees us from our sin.
This is indeed a week to say “thank you” and to say it with growing feeling. In brief moments, let’s tell our risen Lord, Jesus, how grateful we are, in words, with more intimate affection.The resources and helps will be very important this week. The readings and prayers are particularly rich. The online version of this retreat has a section called “A Place to Share,” where people can go to share their reflections. Consider sharing your graces there, even anonymously.
Consider sharing the graces you have received
Click on photo to see larger image
and Photo Gallery.
Photos by Don Doll, S.J.
selected to support
our prayer each week.
Started this Week
Place to Share
Online Retreat Home Page | Daily Reflections |Creighton University Online Ministries