By Fr. Andrew Torma, MSC
“Many came to him and said, ‘John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man is true.’ And many there began to believe in him.” (John 10:41-42)
It seems that many times we need encouragement to persevere in the process of continuing conversion. It is easier to hang onto a sinful pattern in one’s life than to seek healing from the effects of sin. Often, the effects of sin are psychological, emotional and behavioral. When we attend to our psychological health, emotional well-being and behavioral modification we cooperate with the healing hand of Jesus. When we adopt healthy living, we are cooperating with the power of Jesus in the Church.
The rituals of the sacraments are a belief in the intervention of Jesus in our lives. Through our Lenten journey we experience the person of Jesus touching the sinful patterns of our behavior. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is our response to Jesus invitation to let go of the evil spirits that often accompany the effects of sin. When a person has hurt us, we often hang onto resentment and revenge. We harden our hearts by protecting ourselves through avoidance or toleration. The healing journey to a fuller life is to return good for evil. When we are avoiding the interaction of relationship, we can experience conversion by expressing friendship through touch like offering a handshake. When one has asked for forgiveness or offered forgiveness, the penance is to trust again.
When Jesus healed a person, he often accompanied it with forgiveness of sin. A strong relationship of husband and wife, or parent and child, or friend and foe is the act of forgiveness with the action of trust again. As we prepare to enter Holy Week, let us seek Jesus and praise him with expression of jubilation. Jesus is our champion who has defeated the death of sin.