Open Invitation to the Lost and Separated

The prophet Isaiah preached these words in chapter 1. 

This is today’s Old Testament reading from our Church Liturgy.

Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!!

Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
they may become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
the sword shall consume you:
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!

When Jesus came to earth to redeem the lost, that meant everybody.

Many times I hear people say “I am too far gone in sin to ever come back to God.”

False.

That’s just the Evil One lying to your heart.

The only unforgivable sin is to die thinking we are unforgivable.

If you have no idea how to turn from sin, because you’ve tried it before and failed, please consider joining the Roman Catholic Church.

It has a support system as good as any. 

There’s a wonderful program they offer called the RCIA–Rights of Christian Initiation for Adults.

It will change your life.  You’ll also be blown away at the power of the Sacrament of Confession.

If you’ve fallen away from the Catholic Church and latched onto another Christian sect or denomination, today’s Liturgy has something for you too.

Check this out from Matthew 23, our Gospel reading today.

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.

If you’re wondering what this means, Jesus never once denied that Moses had the right to pass on his throne/chair from generation to generation.

He acknowledges it here.

The man who Jesus renamed Rock and gave the Keys to the Kingdom, was the first of many to sit in the New Covenant Chair of that same Seat of Moses.

In spite of clichés you recite like “it’s a relationship not a religion,” Jesus never once attacked religion, he only criticized the hypocrites in it.

The Bishops aren’t being slaughtered in the public square just for you to sit back and say…tsk tsk tsk.

We need you back.

2,500+ denominations/sects can’t be what God wanted for His Bride.

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