Christmas can be a sad time for those convicted in their sin. It is spiritually, and theologically, true that the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin within our conscience. But this conviction is absolutely freeing if only we repent and accept God's Unconditional Mercy.
Yet, any other form of conviction is slavery.
Christmas is not a season for Divine Judgment, but the season for good tidings in God's-Mercy-become-man in Jesus Christ. When we persist in scrupulous self-conviction, when we are doggedly convicted of our past by un-forgiving 'neighbors,' or, when we are convicted of our sin by religious people that cannot bear fruit, but can only act like nuts, we must remember that Jesus arrives this Christmas to personally search for us--finding us wherever we are--carrying us, in His Loving Arms, to a safe place in His Heart, where we are forgiven, healed, renewed, and Eternally Loved, Unconditionally.
For we are so very Beloved, that we become more like Him in everything.
"Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins." Isaiah 40:1-11
No matter what we have done, with an act of sincere repentance--sacramentally exercised in confession--we can find peace and joy, in the true Christmas Spirit, in the Savior of the world. The Judge of the world is first its Savior! Rejoice! Jesus Christ comes not to damn, but to save. He comes to save anyone, everyone, who repents, no matter the past sin. Don't be fooled by the world, by the devil, or by a fire and brimstone maniac--IT IS NEVER TOO LATE! Repent, and receive Divine Mercy--right now.
Make this Christmas blessed. Pray for forgiveness…now…and repent, sacramentally, before this Sunday's Mass.
Then, go and receive Mercy Himself.
"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name; announce his salvation, day after day." Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13
God the Father, contrary to popular opinion, doesn't sit with His finger pointing to our eternal condemnation. Rather, He invites us, in His Holy Spirit, to sing anew, each and every day, of the joy of life, and genuine freedom, in the Life and Love of His One Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Sin brings shame and guilt. Yet, His Christmas gift in Jesus brings forgiveness and a new Way of Life.
This is Life in True Love, which is wed to Mercy and Truth.
"Jesus said to his disciples: 'What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.'” Matthew 18:12-14
Need I say more?
Let this Advent Day be the first in the rest of our Life in Christ! Happy Advent Season.