Friday, April 8, 2011
SOAP - Week 3: Sirach
SOAP: Scripture verse, Observation, Application, and Prayer.
S - "Let us fall into the hands of the Lord and not into the hands of men, For equal to his majesty is the mercy that he shows." (Sirach 2:18)
O - We are so blessed to have a God with the greatest sovereign power, authority, and dignity over all creation because, as sinners, we need his mercy too which is equal to his majesty. When his mercy is equal to his majesty, it brings us to the realization that having true sorrow for our sins will help us receive an over abundant pouring out of his forgiveness and kindness. Just as God's majesty shows us with every new day how loving he is, knowledge of his mercy gives us the greatest opportunity to come to him in humility. This mercy is as sure as the sun sets and rises when we express true repentance and sorrow.
A - We should honor God's greatness and splendor found through knowing and loving Jesus Christ every day along with confessing our sins for the wrong we commit. When we understand that his great majesty can never be diminished, we also see that his great mercy can never be diminished. The sacrament of Confession is one of the greatest gifts given to us as poor sinners. It is in this sacrament where God sees our sorrow through the experience encountered by his Son in being our Holy Savior. The love between the Father and the Son is so strong that we receive graces poured out to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Try to make going to Confession a ritual to be cherished and utilized often.
P - I pray that all sinners will attain the knowledge of how great the mercy of God is and come to confess their wrong doings for true repentance.