A “Seven Deadly Sins” Postscript
It would be odd for someone to read about The Seven Deadly Sins and then say, “Gee...that was depressing!” Well, sin IS depressing, but forgiveness is Divine. Even though we are sinful human beings, our Savior died for our sins, and He did so because He loves us. The Message of Jesus to us is quite specific and direct, and all He wants from us is us.
Sometimes people ask the wrong question about sin. People will often ask me, knowing that missing Mass on Sunday is a sin, “Is missing Mass on Sunday a mortal or a venial sin?” It really does not matter, in one sense. The real question is, “How does Jesus feel about us not being with His gathered community receiving His Body and Blood?” The Seven Deadly Sins are not about sharpening up our Confession skills to impress the Confessor, it’s about sitting across from Jesus and simply answering His question: “Why did you do..........?” or “Why did you fail to do.......?”
If we really love Jesus and if we really care about what He “thinks or feels” about us, then it is a simple matter - Talk to Jesus about it. Let’s think about whether our rationalizations and excuses are acceptable or not. Thinking about those matters before we die, and before Judgment Day be helpful. After all, it’s all about whether Jesus is first in our lives or not. We need to be honest, because He already knows.