Somehow, the horror of the Las Vegas shootings sparked me to turn a corner in my faith life, in a way that I haven’t felt before.
More than ever, my eyes are opened to seeing a world filled with emptiness and confusion …allowing Satan to work through hearts without solid faith in Jesus and the protection of the Holy Spirit.
I am hearing and seeing pure hatred spewing from many mouths, from many different directions. This hatred is revealed through despair, bitterness, deception, immorality, and the inability or downright refusal to accept love, forgiveness, and the mercy of God. I am seeing much arrogance, pride and greed…which opens doors to the evil one.
No matter what laws are changed, or what the “experts” suggest we should do to stop the carnage, the hatred and evil seem to be exponentially growing.
Do you know why? Because the government, the thought police, and new laws will never have the ability to change the hearts of men. The only way to change the hearts of men is through God…the Holy Spirit.
Which leads me to what the Lord revealed to me last week while I was at Mass. Since the Vegas shootings, I have been trying to attend daily Mass regularly, and have been praying that the Lord show me where I need to make changes, and how I fit in to His plan. How I can be a vessel of His love, so that eyes will be opened and hearts converted.
When I attend daily Mass, I walk to the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The Mission is peaceful and reverent, and I feel encircled by God when I am there.
So, on this particular day, after I received the Holy Eucharist, I walked down a side aisle and passed the Tabernacle. Out of habit, I bowed. In a split second, I remembered that the Tabernacle was empty, because the chalice containing the Body of Christ was removed for the Communion distribution. At the same time I was having that thought, the Lord said to me, “I am not in the Tabernacle…it is empty. I am now within YOU.”
Wow, that thought hit me like a ton of bricks. When we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, each one of us is a Tabernacle. Jesus is truly within us. He is in us, and we are in Him at the same time. He sees through our eyes, hears through our ears, touches through our hands, and loves through our hearts. At the same time, we see through His eyes, hear through His ears, touch through His hands, and love through His Sacred Heart.
Doesn’t that fill you with joy? Doesn’t it also give new meaning to living in such a way that our lives glorify the Lord? He is living inside us…and we are responsible for all the places we take Him to…the images, sounds, smells, experiences, thoughts. Nothing is hidden. Nothing.
We, as Christians, need to stop living for ourselves, and make the decision to live for God. To be a blessing to our friends, family, and all we meet. To constantly confess our sins, repent, and accept the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy. To live in a way that glorifies GOD, not ourselves. To pray and make sacrifices for forgiveness of sins and the conversion of souls.
For that is the part we all play in the Lord’s Divine Will…each of us in our own unique way. We must be an oasis of light and love for the Lord to work through. One heart at a time.
That is what will change the world. Only the Truth and Love itself…Jesus.