Finding God’s Peace through sin.
Of course we all know that the Incarnation of Jesus to the Passion of Christ is the answer to how the Lord forgave all of humanity. The narrative of our freedom is found in all of the books of the bible, from Genesis to Revelation. When delving into each story a breath of hidden grace appears to jump out at us and is like another chapter of the life of Christ before he appears on earth.
It is no mystery that the only purpose the prophets cleared the way for our understanding of God's plan is because of the sin we have accrued. There are more than one symptoms within man’s crude manner of sidestepping grace and gathering into himself a god made from greed. No matter how often we acknowledge the evil that we fall privy to and seek the Lord’s mercy, falling back is never a surprise.
Yet, it is when we fail in the attitude of “Go and sin no more” that seems to go in one ear and out the other. But, if it wasn’t for the sin that identifies human weaknesses so clearly, the manner of keeping on the road of forgiveness that God so lovingly gives us would present a wall we could never climb.
Mysteries of God and how we as human beings are always challenged by their presence in ways we accept, but cannot understand, become the reasons we must adhere to and hold onto the mystery of forgiveness.
The one gracious result of confessing our sins can find a gentle peace that spiritually enters our soul. Like receiving the Eucharist and returning to our pew does not indicate we are on a cloud floating in ecstasy outwardly, but deep within we believe the real presence of Christ has entered our completeness. So it is with leaving the confessional a certain grace that is Supernatural has also entered into us where only the forgiven penitent is aware.
A peace that only can be realized by one who has sought and found the mercy of Christ can understand this phenomenon without being able to explain it. It was never the intent of God to ensure our outward piety to prove this presence. By the works we do from our deep faith will be proof enough.
Sacramental Grace is always found in our individual manner of looking for and receiving a certain peace after our sins are covered through God’s complete acceptance of our sins. There was a period when Jesus appeared to St. Augustine said to him he wanted something. The Saint pulled out his writings and other artifacts of tireless work and offered them to the Lord. Jesus told Augustine he didn’t want those items, he wanted his sins.
If we give up all of our human accomplishments and hold onto our sins, the result will leave an empty void between Christ and us. Release the sin and the darkness will become bright with peace. It will occur instantaneously.
Ralph B. Hathaway