We know to go to a doctor when our body is injured. We need to turn to God when we’ve injured our souls. Emmanuel Arenas, SJ, reflects on the healing power of God’s love and grace. Based on the readings for Sunday, September 11, 2022.
How does sin affect us?
I’m Emmanuel Arenas and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
When we get sick or injured, we go visit a doctor. We first recognize something is wrong with our body and then seek a professional opinion.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
When we participate in sin, we become spiritually unwell. To sin is to reject God and to rupture communion with him. At the same time, sin damages our relationship with the Church and affects those around us.
Thankfully, through God’s mercy and love, we have been given the Church and the sacrament of Reconciliation. Like a medical prescription from a doctor, the sacrament of reconciliation and the teachings of the Catholic Church help us heal and remain spiritually healthy. Even when we reject God, He continues to extend his forgiving hand. For God never wishes to lose one of his beloved children.