At Confession this morning, my priest told me to read and pray about the epistle selection for this coming Sunday:

Rom 8:31b-34

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised—
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.

I found it so comforting and reassuring.  I thought it was the perfect scripture passage for my personal life and for our lives as Catholics in the world.  It really bolstered my confidence and my trust… my love too.  Our Lord is so very great, and never outdone in generosity!

I looked up at the Crucifix… what more could God have given us than His own Son?  What more could the Son of God have given us than His own life?  His blood pouring from His many wounds?

And He never ceases to give us His life–His divine life!–through the Sacraments of the Church!  The sanctifying grace we receive from the Sacraments is nothing other than God’s own divine life.  It’s amazing when you think about it.  How He not only holds us and the entire universe in existence, but also constantly sheds His very own life over us–provided, of course, that we are disposed to receive it.

The key to maintaining that disposition is the Sacrament of Confession.  Sanctifying grace and mortal sin cannot co-exist in our souls.  That is why Confession is of such vital importance–it is where we exercise our freedom to choose good and avoid evil, to choose divine life and reject sin.  The choice is ours.  The Lord is waiting for us, waiting to acquit us and grant us His peace, His mercy, His love, His very life.

Choose wisely.

Not only at Lent, but all year long.