Encountering the Messiah is a life-transforming event, moving a person from obscurity to truth, from immodesty to modesty, from vice to virtue, from sin to holiness. The Lord Jesus gently invites you to let him be Lord of your life. Will you say yes?
Lent is a season of repentance and conversion. It’s a time to listen to God’s voce. That’s no news for practicing Catholics. However, many Catholics might be quite surprised by the particular message God has in store for them.
It is important to understand that sin and God’s holiness are incompatible. There is a radical conflict between the total and infinite purity, goodness, perfection and holiness of God, and the horrid, empty, constrictive and dark nature of sin. Every sin is an attack against God, his purity, holiness and truth. At the heart of sin is always a disordered self-love, a pride which seeks to suppress the truth about God and supplant the Creator with the creature.
The immediate response to the gaze of Jesus Christ by Peter, Andrew, James and John signals the fact that a radical change took place within their hearts. That moment, there on the shore of the sea, was no ordinary moment. The fishermen were not simply willing to let go of their way of life and the past, but actively desired to do so. More to the point, they hungered for a new life. They sensed, by God’s grace working in their souls, that this new life is itself Jesus Christ.