|"...according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace." 2 Pet 3: 13-14|
Confession of our sins is one of the surest remedies for removing the spots and blemishes from our souls. It is what helps us "prepare the way of the Lord" and "make his paths straight." Mk 1: 3 It also produces the fruit of peace.
Sometimes though we can't see our own shortcomings; we can't figure out the root of the problem--the sin in our life.
Here's a secret:
During the presentation of Jesus in the temple, Simeon prophesied a word to Mary, Jesus' mother. He said to her, "And you yourself shall be pierced with a sword--so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bear." Lk 2 : 35
This indicated we go to Mary as Sorrowful Mother to receive knowledge of what is hidden for our spiritual life. 1 She can help bring our "spot or blemish" to light.
As you wait on the Lord's promise to be fulfilled, draw close to his mother--our Virgin Mother.
Blessed Advent season,
1 Fr. Ripperger