Scripture – While He May be Found

For weeks now on Countdown to the Kingdom, seers who don’t know each other, who speak different languages, who reside in different parts of the world… have been giving a consistent message: there is no more time left. The long foretold events in Scripture and in prophetic revelations are being fulfilled as we speak. 

The time has come, the day dawns. The climax has come for you who dwell in the land! The time has come, near is the day: a time of consternation, not of rejoicing… See, the day of the LORD! See, the end is coming! Lawlessness is in full bloom, insolence flourishes, violence has risen to support wickedness. It shall not be long in coming, nor shall it delay. The time has come, the day dawns… (Ezekiel 7:5-7, 10-12)

Hence, it is no surprise that at the very same time we hear this from visionaries around the world, the Mass readings are coinciding with that message:  

Seek the LORD while he may be found, call him while he is near. Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked his thoughts; let him turn to the LORD for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving. (Sunday’s First Mass Reading)

As many nations are beginning to descend into lockdown again (in some places, it was never fully lifted), the opportunity to go to Confession and receive Jesus in the Eucharist is slipping away. Don’t hesitate, then! Don’t delay! Make haste to these incredible Sacraments as you take stock of your soul and the areas of your life that have slipped back into sin, sloth and worldliness. The “time of mercy” we are in is ending, but is not over! The Father awaits you with open arms. Make no more excuses about how uncomfortable Confession is. Living with a disturbed conscience and a restless soul is far more uncomfortable. Make no more excuses for not going to Mass and receiving the Bread of Life. How can one ignore these words…

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day… Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. (John 6:54, 56)

And so, this is the time to be naked before God, completely truthful about one’s spiritual condition:

The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. (Sunday’s Psalm) 

He is near to those who are honest, especially honest about their spiritual poverty. Satan tries to shame us, make us hide our sins from God and accuse us. Jesus, on the other hand, goes in search of the sinner, asking such a one to dine with Him and let Him love them back into wholeness. He looks for the lost saying, “See My wounds? See how far I have gone for love of you? Now come, wash yourselves clean in the stream of the Blood and Water which gushes forth from My Heart so that I may heal and restore you. It is a free gift, there is no cost. Come to Me…”

But more than that, more than just being forgiven, God also wants to “deliver us from evil”;[1]Matt 6:13 to sanctify and transform us[2]cf. Rom 12:2 so that we are not only forgiven but radiating His life.[3]cf. 2 Cor 4:7-10 As St. Paul said in the Second Reading yesterday:

Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. 

Brothers and sisters, we are on the threshold of major events that have already begun to change the world as we know it. We are past The Point of No Return. The next labor pains are upon us. Do not delay. Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is near… 

 

—Mark Mallett


Also: read On Making a Good Confession by Mark Mallett at The Now Word.

Footnotes

1 Matt 6:13
2 cf. Rom 12:2
3 cf. 2 Cor 4:7-10
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