shirt: IZ Byer (Kohl's) | sweater:
skirt: | shoes: Maurices
earrings: c/o Blue Nile | necklace: inherited
I just realized I didn't buy a single thing I wore yesterday. The shirt was a birthday gift from my aunt that I opened the night before and since it had green in it, I couldn't wait to wear it. The sequins are a little flashy for an average Sunday Mass, but anything goes on St. Patrick's Day, right? The sweater was a gift from the same aunt a while back (half my closet is from that aunt!). The shoes were a birthday gift last year. Skirt was a hand-me-down from my beloved sister-in-law. I suppose I did buy my undergarments...
I think next year, my Lenten sacrifice will simply be to take my toddler to Mass every Sunday. (My parents offered to watch her while we went to Mass yesterday, but not until after we got home. "We were going to tell you to leave her...") David and I took turns spending the entire Mass in the vestibule. It's not that Lucia was particularly naughty, she just likes to walk around and would probably walk right up to the altar and try to climb it if we let her. And when she's in the walking mood, she doesn't exactly want to be held. I case you forget that, if you try to hold her, she reminds you quite LOUDLY. David's convinced that she's more active than the average toddler, but I just don't know. I've never met a toddler mom who's said, "Oh, little Timmy just sits there all day and doesn't get into nary a thing!" Mass behavior: solid D
Yesterday morning, she did fall asleep while I was nursing her - the first time she's slept anywhere other than her crib or car seat in six months. I loved me some toddler cuddle time, so I was feeling in a very jovial mood despite her Mass behavior and it didn't bother me too much. I even got to hear half the homily, so I'm feeling in rather good spiritual shape.
Don't you just love the Gospel reading about the adulterous woman? I mean, not the fact that she was adulterous, but the mercy Christ shows her?
“Let the one among you who is without sinThe truth is, Jesus was the only one who could truly condemn her because He was the only one without sin, but he chose to be merciful instead. I hope He is as merciful to me in my sinfulness.
be the first to throw a stone at her...
Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
I often hear people say "Jesus loved and accepted everyone just as they were." This is usually used to justify sins or lifestyles contrary to traditional Christian teaching, kind of a "live and let live" philosophy, but it's a flawed argument. Yes, He loves us just as we are, in our most sinful moments. Nothing we do can stop Christ from loving us. No matter the gravity of our sins, He died for them. But He doesn't want us to keep committing them! Show me one place in the Bible where Jesus told a sinner to keep on doing what he was doing. One situation in which He said it doesn't really matter if you sin. Nope, you won't find it. You'll find forgiveness. And mercy. And lots of love. The Gospels are one big love story, really. But you won't find justifications for or ambivalence toward sin.
"From now on do not sin any more."
During the homily yesterday, the priest said we should not judge people but we are called to point out sinful behaviors. And he acknowledged that finding the balance between these is difficult. Our society can't seem to separate the judgment of a person from the condemnation of his actions. It's a tricky line to walk and frankly one that I don't do well. (I err on the side of not saying anything at risk of hurting feelings. Shouldn't I be more concerned about getting that person to heaven? Sometimes that means speaking some difficult truths.)
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
How do you do this?
Do you speak up when you see sin?
Or are you silent like me?
Do you show love to others despite their sinfulness?
Or do you make judgments?
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