“Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean
lips......then one of the Seraphims flew to me, holding an ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it and said, “See, now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.” Isaiah
Sometimes I feel just like the prophet Isaiah when he cries out, “Woe to me, I am doomed.” I too, want to cry out “Woe
to me I am doomed because of my sins.” I want to run away from God instead of running towards His mercy and forgiveness.
However, the God of mercy runs toward me begging me to come to Him so He can wash me clean in His Precious Blood.
Jesus invites me to enter into to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where I repent of my sins. Jesus, then just like the angel did for Isaiah, touches me with the ember
of His merciful love and purges and removes my sins. I am once again forgiven, restored and refreshed in this beautiful Sacrament of merciful love. I can now go forward to serve Him with a joyful and peaceful heart.
There are no more precious
words to me as when the priest says these life-giving words in confession. “God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through
the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus may I always be willing to receive Your mercy and forgiveness.