Welcome back! Last week we had the opportunity to learn more about the very important biblical figure of Abram. This week we are going to spend some more time with him and his wife. As I mentioned last week, there will be a name change for him and his wife, Sarai, but we will see a repeated challenge for them. Read today’s APPLICATION on my reflection about repeating sins.
Monday, January 29 Chapter 16
Tuesday, January 30 Chapter 17
Wednesday, January 31 Chapter 18
Thursday, February 1 Chapter 19
Friday, February 2 Chapter 20
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Last week we saw Abram and Sarai go to Egypt. While there, Abram asked Sarai to lie to the men of the land and say that she was his sister. This week, the same thing happens, while Abraham and Sarah are in the land of Gerar. Abraham has Sarah tell King Abimelech that she is his sister. I want to share with you a story about what I call “favorite sins.”
Favorite sins are the ones that take us back to Confession time and time again. First off, we all have them, they are the bad spiritual habits that are very difficult to break. Before coming to the Church I used to take the Lord’s name in vain all the time. When I say all the time, I mean ALL. THE. TIME. It was a major problem. When I first joined the Church, I was in the habit of going to Confession every week. And sure enough, taking the Lord’s name in vain was a always on my list of sins.
One of the things I noticed when going to Confession each week was the number of times I took the Lord’s name in vain was going down. So the first week may have been 15 times, the next week was 12 times, the next week 8. Eventually I broke the habit of using our Lord’s name irreverently. By his grace, the grace found in the sacraments, the gift of having Him residing in my heart, I was able to go and sin no more. It took months to break the habit, but now, I almost never say it.
Lying about the nature of the relationship between he and his wife, seems to be Abraham’s favorite sin. He has all the tools he needs to make better choices, and God shows him his mercy throughout these experiences. Both times Abraham and Sarah find themselves in this situation, God, through the actions of the kings, show him mercy. I want you to know we have a merciful God who waits to shine his grace into you and assist you in conquering your “favorite sins.” You don’t have to keep those bad habits, whatever they are. Allow the mercy of Jesus to wash over you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and allow the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with the strength to overcome everything that challenges you.
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