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Thursday, January 26, 2017

TEARS OF REPENTANCE: REFLECTION BY MARIA CASSIA

TEARS OF REPENTANCE

It is not surprising that if a person try to lead a good life, he will face
surmounting temptations and trials.  For that person, repeated
occasions for sin is unleashed from the spiritual darkness of abode.
Thus, all fall and sin!  St Paul has reminded us in Eph 6:12-13,
"For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against
the principalities and the ruling forces who are masters of the darkness in
this world, the spirits of evil in the heavens. That is why you must take up
all God's armor, or you will not be able to put up any resistance on the evil
day, or stand on the ground even though you exert yourselves to the full."
It is already St Paul reminding us all over again that we are all weak
because we are clothed in flesh.  How could we fight  these powers of
darkness and evil alone with our might?  This is why we have to always repent
whenever we fall into sin.  Confess our sins and come back to the Lord right
away.  Do not tarry and wait for the next day for in a spiritual battle, every
moment counts. 

Remember the sinful woman who came with an alabaster jar to the house of the
Pharisees where Jesus was.  She shed tears of repentance, so sincere that the Lord
forgave her for her trespasses.  The perfume was also a symbol of anointing in
preparation for the Lord's death and burial.  But the point is:  repentance!

The Lord wants us to be pure in heart and soul.  "Be perfect...as your heavenly
Father is perfect."  It is not easy to be perfect in this world bombarded by
some print and medium which corrupts the eye, then the soul.  It is difficult, but
possible by putting on the armor of God.  The armor consists of truth, uprightness,
eagerness to spread the gospel of peace, strong faith in God and of God's kingdom,
salvation through Jesus Christ, son of Heavenly Father and finally the offensive
armor, the Word of God (read the Bible as much as possible even daily to arm
you with the Word made flesh). 

However, all starts with repentance!  Even though one has led a sinful life before,
it is not a full stop for the Lord.  There is always a comma, for the Lord is merciful
even to the most hardened sinner or convict in the world.  That's how God loves us!
The Lord thus says in the Book of Isaiah, "Come now, let us argue it out, says the Lord
though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow."  Is 1:18

Additional reference:  G,. Muringoor, Vachalnosavam.

Maria Cassia Austero

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