Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Grace for Persecutors

Having said the previous remarks about the actions of aborting mothers, let me follow up with the grace of the cross. I do not retract anything I have said about aborting mothers but I am not without empathy. There is a sense in which they really are victims. Victims of bad parenting, victims of abdicating fathers, victims of effeminate pulpits, victims of mass media, victims of the success of feminism, victims of their own self-deceit, victims of foolish choices. There is no shortage of persecutors, without and within. But don't turn on the baby!

But what do we do with all of that? Once we have been on the wrong side of persecution, where do we go? Jesus was persecuted from virtually every angle. Even his own disciples joined in the mockery. Judas sold him for thirty pieces of silver. Even bold and manly Peter said, "I swear to God, I don't even know him!" Can you imagine, throwing stones at Jesus when you were his best friend? The Apostle Paul exhorted the frenzied crowd who murdered St. Stephen.

But Jesus is full of grace and mercy for Peter. Peter is fully forgiven. Paul became the chief writer of the New Testament.

But Judas hangs himself. What is the difference? Peter believed Jesus and repented of his sins. Judas could not find a place of repentance. He sought to give back the money but that only revealed remorse for his greed, not repentance and a revelation of his new found faith in Jesus.

What must we do? Repent and believe. See your sins for what they really are and then turn to Jesus in confession, repentance and faith. Persecuting Peter was a rock in the Church. Persecuting Paul became the preacher to the Gentiles. You, too, shall we receive grace and mercy in Christ.

For the repentant, God has no end of mercy and grace. Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more. Come to Jesus.

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