Do you suppose Jesus was surprised that Judas was stealing from the treasury?
Or do you think He knew it all along?
I’m pretty sure He knew.
So… let’s say Jesus did know. Why didn’t he stop Judas from stealing? Isn’t that one of the profound mysteries of our life?
Of all our lives?
Does Jesus know that you sin? Or are you doing a better job of hiding it from Him?
Why doesn’t He prevent you from doing it?
Same profound mystery.
God gave each of us free will. Along with Original Sin.
Oh, great… so He punishes us by making us sinful.
No. He gave us freedom of choice. Freedom to choose right or wrong. So we control our own eternal destiny.
But wait. If we’re born with Original Sin, aren’t we doomed to hell right off the bat?
Again, no. Because we are free to choose right from wrong.
Original Sin means we have the propensity to sin.
Original Sin means we are not perfect.
Only our Heavenly Father is perfect.
Original Sin means we are likely to suffer at the hands of other human beings or some other force of nature.
Original Sin means we are subject to the risks of the Earth.
Original Sin means we need to be perfected.
Original Sin means we have choices to make which will either draw us closer to God and heaven or separate us farther from Him.
Bottom line: Jesus knows that we sin. And he accepts that. Because we are human.
That doesn’t mean our sins are acceptable.
But it does make us eligible to receive God’s endless mercy.
And that’s what our journey through life, this profound mystery that’s unique to each person, teaches us.
We continue toward Calvary. Happy Monday of Holy Week.
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davekwiecinski
I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.