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Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

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a guilt trip to jesus

"Who is there like You, the God Who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of His inheritance?" —Micah 7:18

Guilt is the spiritual counterpart to physical pain. Both pain and guilt cry out to be stopped as soon as possible. The only good way to stop guilt is to repent and believe that the Lord treads underfoot our guilt, casts "into the depths of the sea all our sins" (Mi 7:19), and removes our sins from us "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps 103:12).

If we don't go on a "guilt trip" to the Lord, we may try to repress or deny our guilt. This self-deception has such dire consequences as self-hatred, rage, various addictions, and other avenues of self-destruction, even potentially committing suicide.

When some people refuse to repent and also see how humanly impossible it is to deal with guilt, they decide to stop any more guilt from starting. They do this by killing their consciences and surrendering the ability to know right from wrong. These people live in a preview of hell where they pretend there is no good or bad, right or wrong. Random violence and senseless injustices punctuate the lives of these people. They not only degrade themselves but also damage many other lives.

Let us in thanksgiving turn to Jesus and repent. "He is an Offering for our sins, and not for our sins only, but for those of the whole world" (1 Jn 2:2).

Prayer:  Father, may I go to Confession frequently and joyfully. Make me a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18).

Promise:  "But we had to celebrate and rejoice! This brother of yours was dead, and has come back to life. He was lost, and is found." —Lk 15:32

Praise:  Sharon prayed faithfully for the conversion of her husband. It took thirty years, but she persevered and rejoiced to welcome him as a brother in Christ.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 8, 2019

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