Monday, December 16, 2013

Humble sinner: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, December 16th, 2013

            There are two important words paired in Psalm 25: sinner and humble.  Every one of us is a sinner, thus every one of us must come humbly before God for forgiveness.
            This is especially true in the sacrament of Confession.  It is not always easy to confess your sins to a priest and doing so takes humility.  This is especially true when you confess the same sins you have been confessing your whole life.  Believe me, I am a sinner myself and know how humbling it is confessing the same stuff over and over again! 
            There is another level of humility when we face our sinfulness.  Sometimes after we mess up we can beat ourselves up.  Yet doing so contains a subtle form of pride—as if I think I could be perfect if I just try harder.  The fact is many of the great saints were not surprised when they fell.  They were disappointed, but not crushed, because they knew their own weakness yet walked humbly before God’s throne of mercy.
            Face your own sins with humility.  Come to Confession this Advent and walk humbly with God as you wait for Christ’s birth in a few days.

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