17 Jun Recognize Sin (1 Kgs 21:20) by Valerie Johnson
“Ahab said to Elijah, ‘Have you found me out, my enemy?’ ‘Yes,’ he answered.” ~ 1 Kgs 21:20 (full readings)
Valerie’s Reflections: Ahab sees Elijah as his enemy when, in fact, Elijah is more like Ahab’s best friend. Elijah pointed out sin in Ahab’s life, told Ahab the consequences, and so Ahab humbled himself before God. Recognizing sin in our lives, we should not be angry with the person who pointed it out but we should ask for forgiveness from God. We all sin – it’s a fact of life. Some sins are large like that of taking another person’s life; some are smaller. It is up to us to confess our sins, do penance, and change our lives. Thank God that Jesus came to save us from sin. Alleluia!
* Valerie lives in Mitchell, SD with her husband Rick (who recently suffered a massive stroke) and their 6 children, ages 19 to 8. Valerie has been active in the pro-life movement her entire life, is currently South Dakota Right to Life’s delegate to National Right to Life, and is the Respect Life/Vocations contact for Holy Family parish.
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