When dealing with sin, we sometimes allow it to make decisions for us. ‘Well, I already did this, so I might as well…’ But we should not let the past dictate how we handle the present. Too often, we let little sins become big sins by allowing our past to determine our present actions. Our past is unchangeable. But our present actions are ours to choose. Our past has no control of our present actions. They are ours to control.
Surely, the past puts us in present situations. Our situations are not something we always have control over. A poker player does not control the hand they are dealt; they merely control what they do with the hand they are dealt. Likewise, we do not control our situations, but we do control our actions in the present situation. Will we stand down and let evil have its day OR will we stand up and face the evils of the day?
The first place to start is Confession. If we want to face the evils of the day, we must first face the evils within our self. We need to face our failures and then give them to God. Then and only then, do they lose their power over us. Until we face them and give them to someone that can destroy them like He destroyed death, can we be truly free to face the evils of the day?
The evils of our day can be small or large. So large so as to seem too much to bear. But, is our God smaller than any evil? Indeed, our God is able to destroy all evils. We just need to make sure that we face the evils of the day with God. Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion is the greatest way to have God with us to face the evils of the day. And if we are unable to receive Jesus, then prayer, especially the Rosary, is powerful. If we cling to our Mother by praying the Rosary, we can be assured that she will bring her Son to face the evils of the day with us when they present themselves.
Mary, you gave yourself entirely to God and He then entrusted His Son entirely to your care as your Son. May you always see us as your children that you may entrust us to Jesus, your Son, as we face the evils of this day. Amen.