In his classic book, The Ragamuffin Gospel (which I am currently reading), Brennan Manning recounts the true story of a Catholic woman who had reportedly had visions of Jesus. The local bishop got wind of this and set up a meeting with her.
“Is it true, ma’am, that you have visions of Jesus?” he asked. Yes. “Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to ask Jesus to tell you the sins that I confessed in my last confession.”
The woman was stunned. Did I hear you right, bishop? You actually want me to ask Jesus to tell me the sins of your past? “Exactly. Please call if anything happens.”
Ten days later the archbishop heard back from this lady, and he said to her, “Did you do what I asked?” Yes, bishop, I asked Jesus to tell me the sins you confessed in your last confession. The bishop leaned forward with anticipation. His eyes narrowed. “What did Jesus say?” Bishop, she replied, these are his exact words…I can’t remember.
Thankful for the love and grace and mercy of God – who remembers his promises, who in Christ does NOT remember our sins!
Blessed beginning of the season of summer!
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A vibrant and diverse community of faith where lives are changed;
Where people of all ages are invited and challenged
To become disciples of Jesus in their daily lives;
Where real people experience healing, help, hope and harmony
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