Lent Day 31 – Encountering the Holy God

by Bishop Robert Barron


Isaiah’s prophetic call, the moment when he encountered God and realized his mission and vocation, is a story for all of us.

Isaiah tells us that he was in the Temple and suddenly saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the Temple with seraphim stationed above.

Isaiah sees the Lord, but he doesn’t in any way describe him. God is always known as someone unknown, comprehended as someone incomprehensible. He shows himself, but doesn’t allow himself to be totally seen. The revelation of God is always, at the same time, the veiling of God.

Isaiah goes on to say that the door shook and the house was filled with smoke. An experience of God always shakes us, upsets us, and turns things around. We are driven out of our complacency, our ordinary ways of seeing and acting.

Then comes the inevitable confrontation with one’s own imperfection: “Then I said, ‘Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips’” (Isaiah 6:5).

The closer we get to God, the more aware we become of our imperfections. We are always humbled in the presence of God, convicted of our sin, shaken and turned around. We are, in one sense, less confident, less cocky, less sure of ourselves. But this is all good, for the “self” that we lose is the false self, the sinful “I.”

One of the seraphim then flew to Isaiah and touched his mouth with a burning ember. God is never interested in convicting us of our sin and leaving us hanging. His purity makes us pure, if we allow him to burn away our sin. Something in you needs to be annihilated. And God’s awe-ful holiness lets you know what that is.

   

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  • denis

    Bishop Barron mentions our sins will be annihilated. With the ‘Conditional immortality’ of the soul trending …do you or anyone else believe that a person who finally rejects God after death can be annihilated? Sounds better than going to a hell !

    • ber

      I may be wrong Denis but I think he was using the word annihilation in the present moment riding ourselves of our sin those that go to hell have failed to do that it’s a very strong word to use I agree it sounds better than hell however he did just that at the time of the flood so beware

      • denis

        Did the people who drowned in the Flood go to hell ?

        Personally I’m not sure if there is a hell , and if there is there is no one there ! Didn’t st Teresa of Avila say that …

        • ber

          I’m sure the good and bad alike both died in the flood .I reference to hell in Matthew its talks about the wheat stored in the barn and the chaff to a burning fire that will never go out I’m not a Bible scholar but I’m sure others would find more reference to the everlasting fire than I also in Fatima SR Lucia reference to hell if I’m not wrong they also seen it is it a place or state of extience not sure but I do believe it’s where the dammed go bernie

    • concerned citizen

      No, Dennis. Our soul is spiritual and therefore immortal. It will never die whether in heaven or in hell. And when the Last Judgement takes place, our bodies will be united to our souls and neither will die for eternity. That is what makes it even more painful in Hell according to St. Alphonsus. The reprobates would like to die to stop the suffering but they will never die.

      • denis

        Not sure if you are correct Concerned Citizen . Is immortality a gift?
        For more details about this Fr Bob Wild has written a new book : A Catholic Guide to Universalism ‘ and a further ‘ A Catholic Guide to Condotional Immortality’ . Both scholarly .

        • concerned citizen

          Denis, that is what our Catechism teaches us:

          CCC 1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification or immediately, — or immediate and everlasting damnation.

  • Mary Hilchey

    God is good and awesome – it gets better

    • Dude_Abides

      YES, CAN’T WAIT!

  • Alicia

    Lord I desire to be with You in heaven, please Lord show me my sins with flood lights so I have the realization, atonement, and that I see it before I do it again. Purify me Dear God, a wretched sinner, a person who in a split second of thought, word, or deed can harm another person, I don’t want to hurt You Jesus for I have already done enough to You.
    “Jesus God have Mercy on me
    a sinner…..”

    • ber

      Beautfull prayer Alicia will use it today thak you

    • Dude_Abides

      Amen Alicia. I second Bernie’s comment.

    • delia estrada

      AMEN!!! WE LOVE YOU JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR OUR WRONG DOINGS!!!

      • Gary

        He has. He really has. All you have to do is look at the cross. That is where he poured out his love for you.

    • concerned citizen

      Beautiful prayer Alicia! You must be a very prayerful person.

      • Alicia

        I’m just trying to be mindful of God throughout my day. Sometimes all I can muster is a whisper Jesus I love You.

    • Penelope

      I feel the same way Alicia, thank you for this beautiful prayer. It will be a good preparation for Reconciliation this Sunday evening…when things get difficult in my life, and I feel like I’m in the dark…divine flood lights are much needed!
      And what a beautiful grace to pray for: to see it before I do it again.
      Lord Jesus Christ, have Mercy on me a sinner.

    • Rachel Blackaby

      Hi Alicia,

      You are not a wretched sinner anymore! It sounds to me that you have a wonderful relationship with Jesus. That being the case that means that you have been redeemed from the grave, from death. 2 Cor 5:17 says that you ARE a new creation in Christ. “The old HAS passed away; behold all things have become new.” He offered Himself as the lamb to take our sins away 2,000 years ago. It was done! It is finished! When we say we believe in Jesus Christ, we enter into a new covenant with God, and Paul tells the Galatians that we are no longer enslaved by the law. Ephesians 2:8 says “By the grace of God you have been saved through faith. This has not come from you; it is God’s gift.” Though we are told in James 2 that faith without works is dead. Works is not continually looking inside your self for your imperfections; that is condemning yourself, and that is not what God does. He loves you! He sent His son to the cross so that His wrath over the world would be finished once and forever. Works is finding, following and fulfilling God’s work in and through our lives. God doesn’t put heavy yokes on our shoulders; in actual fact He took them away 2,000 years ago. John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness.” God created you, and He made was perfect. Yes, we all make mistakes; but look at what happened after King David’s mistake…out of that relationship came King Solomon, who is the lineage of Jesus.

      God bless you,
      Love Rachel

      • Alicia

        How beautiful Rachel, thank you. God Bless you!

  • Dude_Abides

    YHWH, Lord, creator of all things.
    BB: “The revelation of God is always, at the same time, the veiling of God.”
    In an earlier Reflection we mentioned how God exists outside of the man-made construct of time; he is timeless, he is the alpha and the omega. Man, such as we are, is a limited-dimensional being. What do today’s theoretical physicists’ say? There currently exists 11 to possibly 26 dimensions (superstring, M theory, bosonic string theory). Our Lord creator is unbounded. He exists outside of space-time in an infinite dimensional reality. Might be why throughout all of history we have had a hard time to totally encompass a portrayal of him.
    Through the limited capacity of our language(s) our Lord is near to being undefinable and indescribable. Though we have been and are capable of some majestic prose.

    • Barbara Ann Baugh

      I have been watching Documentaries on YouTube for entertainment. I have watched a lot of documentaries on theoretical physics. On one of the documentaries the physicist was asked point blank. Do you believe in God. The man actually pleaded the fifth. He ended up saying in so many words “that’s not my job” I find that when I watch science documentaries I get a glimpse of God. That is true even when watching the blatantly atheistic scientist like DeGrassi

      • Dude_Abides

        Yes Barbara I am in agreement with you. What appears to me is that the more discoveries that are made and theory’s that are supported through experimentation the more new questions come about. The exquisite beauty of our surroundings and existence becomes more magnified.
        Interesting that in a 2009 survey of members of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, conducted by the Pew Research Center a majority of scientists (51%) say they believe in God or a higher power, while 41% say they do not. That 51% was broken down by 33% believing in a personal God and 18% believing in a higher power or universal spirit.
        And it seems this has stayed fairly constant over the past 100 years or so, when in 1914 the first survey amongst the scientific community was taken. Then 1,000 U.S. scientists were asked about their views on God. What they found was the scientific community evenly divided, with 42% saying that they believed in a personal God and the same number saying they did not.
        As far as Neil deGrasse Tyson it is more complicated (have a perusal of his wikipedia page). He prefers to be categorized as an agnostic and dislikes it when the atheists try to claim him.
        Yet I do hear you when it comes to deGrasse and another guy that I used to enjoy listening to Michio Kaku. While I tip my hat to their past work, esp. Kaku’s ground breaking work on string theory, it seems that with their garnered fame and celebrity status that at times they push their agnosticism and atheistic agenda onto Joe public.
        They should get busy explaining gravity or finding the missing 96% of our universe (dark matter and dark energy). +o:-)

        • Barbara Ann Baugh

          They not only push their atheistic agenda on Joe public they push that agenda on their fellow scientists also. I saw a segment of the Late Show where Stephen Colbert interviewed a leading physicist. Colbert asked him the question “Do you believe in God?” The poor man actually freaked and sort of said that’s too personal”

  • Nancy Rynders

    “The closer we get to God, the more we are aware of our imperfections.” A similar thought came to me while in Adoration last night. I was reading “Rediscover Jesus” and the question for thought after a chapter was, when we meet God at our death and He asks “how much have you loved?” – what will I answer? I continue to be called to love and serve MORE – I feel good that that is a sign I am growing closer to God.

    • concerned citizen

      I agree with you Nancy. And that is because the closer we get to God, the clearer our vision becomes and the brighter the light shines. When it is dark, we cannot see the imperfections on our face. But under a clear light, we can see all the imperfections. Which is probably why the saints go to confession more often than us, because they are more aware of their sinfulness.

  • 50AF

    “Something in you needs to be annihilated.”

    Oh how beautiful and true those words are. And this is why we run from God, why we hedge, why we quibble, why we rationalize, why we dwell in distractions, why we strike out if necessary – all so that we can hold on to that ugliness which separates us from God. I pray for the Holy Spirit of God to wash over us, to brace us for the task at hand, and bring us – finally – to the acceptance of Love’s annihilating truth and mercy.

    • Dude_Abides

      Splendid take 50AF. You know what is so great, dare I say NEAT, though it may make me sound nerdy, about these reflections is that you get a sense of a “collective consciousness” going on here. I have had these thoughts at times of “why do I draw back, away from God’s love?” or “What stops me from total commitment?” At times I wonder if I am mentally ill. Then I read you comments, 50AF, and realize “well, I guess I’m not the only one!” 😉

  • Carol Miller

    It seems the closer we get to God the more we suffer. I would like to believe that God is purifying us. Sometimes it is hard to feel close to Our Lord when our suffering is so great. Isaiah suffered terribly and if I remember correctly was eventually killed. Like Jesus, the people did not like what he was saying. Please pray for me as I am suffering unbelievable emotional pain right now. Carol M.

    • Dude_Abides

      Amen, will do Carol M. God bless you!

    • Elizabeth

      Carol I will place you on our intercessory prayer line. As a group we pray for all intentions as well as first name in addition sent via email for others that are prayer warriors.
      My prayer for you at this time is to relax in God’s love, Be confident he has you in the palm of His hand, Go about your day with confidence in the Lord. Amen
      Remember, here on this earth we are sometimes on the roller coaster of life, ups and downs. I pray you go forward with God. I pray you peace in mind, body and spirit. Love, peace and joy, Elizabeth

      • Carol Miller

        Thank you, Elizabeth.

      • Carol Miller

        Elizabeth,

        Please also pray for my daughter, Megan, as she may lose her job. She also suffers from a personality disorder, she has 3 beautiful little girls and is separated from her husband. I have babysat them for 10 years. I am so upset that I can hardly get through my day and your kind words meant the world to me. I feel almost hopeless. I pray every day and unite my suffering with Christ on the cross. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Carol M.

        • Elizabeth

          Will definitely put Megan on our prayer list as well.
          I can be a prayer warrior because when I needed prayers the most, two people came into my life that prayed for and with me.
          I still pray over the phone with Louise due to miles apart.
          Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pass on the gifts of prayer shown to me.

          Be confident in the Lord that what God has in mind for Megan may be better than the job she has right now. Or maybe, if it is God’s will, she will receive a better position where she works. This is why we believe in miracles, we live in the present moment and God can turn things in a person’s life for His glory. LPJ, Elizabeth

          • Deng

            Elizabeth my son Angelo has just lost his job too. And I told him to start his day going to church. It is free and no charge I said. He did this morning.

        • concerned citizen

          It can be very painful for a parent when their child suffers emotionally. Please try to pray to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May I suggest you have a priest bless and install a Miraculous Medal on Megan.

      • Patricia

        Carol, Sometimes emotional pain is greater then bodily pain. I ask my angel to pray for me when I am too emotionally tired and in pain. I also will put you on our parish prayer chain. Soon the eye of the storm will pass and you will have peace. This I pray for you. God Bless and God’s will be done

        • Carol Miller

          Thank you, Patricia. Please put my daughters, Melissa and Megan on your prayer list. Gratefully, Carol M.

          • Patricia

            You bet… I am doing that right now. I have been praying all morning for your intentions as you have been on my mind. God Bless

      • Deng

        Elizabeth can you please include my son Angelo in your group prayers. That he continue to seek OUR LORD ALMIGHTY and have his faith grow in the name of JESUS CHRIST.

        • Elizabeth

          Deng, I will be most pleased to place your son Angelo on our prayer group list. Be confident in the Lord, he will protect and guide your son.

          • Deng

            Thank you Elizabeth and your group prayers for praying for my son.

    • ber

      Carol may the blood of Christ that flows from his cross flow upon you that your pain may be clothed in holyniness and bring you healing I will pray for you

      • Carol Miller

        Thank you for your prayers.

    • concerned citizen

      Carol, this could be why some people, like me, do not want to get closer to God, because we are afraid to suffer like the saints. I always think you have to make a big leap from being contented to be just an ordinary person in terms of faith and spirituality to have a strong desire to become a saint. That is because we have to give up so much of the worldly things that we have become attached to.

      I will pray for you Carol that you may receive the consolation and comfort of the Holy Spirit.

      • Carol Miller

        Thank you for your reply. I understand what you are saying and I just wonder how some of the saints did it.

        • Barbara Ann Baugh

          Not a few of the saints became saints through suffering. St Augustine became a saint through the suffering of his mother St. Monica. We all become saints through the suffering of Jesus. It is beautiful when Jesus permits us to participate in that suffering.

      • Barbara Ann Baugh

        I could only become close to God through suffering

        • concerned citizen

          That’s very true Barbara. No one can follow Jesus without first denying himself and carry his cross. But somehow I think I am not yet prepared to suffer as the saints do!

      • rtclovesmac

        All life involves suffering.
        What would you do for your children, spouse?
        What does your relationship with them, your friends, and life in general involve?…one component certainly is suffering.

        It comes down to what is important to you in making a choice on what to suffer for.

        Is it not St. Augustine that said…:Lord, help make me a Saint…just not know!”

        God will put nothing on us that we cannot accomplish while He is with us…and He is with us always, even until the end of time.

        • concerned citizen

          I agree with you rt that all life involves suffering. But the suffering that saints undergo or experience are a lot more intense than what we “ordinary” individuals do. For instance, just having the stigmata of Padre Pio for even one day may be unbearable for most people but he had it for 50 years.

          • rtclovesmac

            Those are indeed intense sufferings yet not all Saints suffered similarly.

            Such life long suffering does not seem to be a requirement for Sainthood.

            It’s more about the faithfulness to the call whatever it is.

            But such faithfulness will entail suffering and how we deal with it will reveal our holiness.

          • concerned citizen

            Well, Rtc, physical suffering is just one of them. Complete or at least near complete detachment from wealth, material things and worldly desires is another. I always say that loving your neighbor means giving the same amount of money you are spending on yourself at least for the luxuries or for items above your basic requirements. So if you spend money on watching a movie or eating outside, then you should donate the same amount of money to the poor. If you buy yourself a new car, then you should donate the same amount of money to the poor.

          • rtclovesmac

            That is a admirable trait and goal,

            I am not that there.
            What I give I give freely,

            Can I do more, yes
            Can I do it all, no
            Do I make a difference,
            Just hope that what little I do, does.

            Can you imagine if everyone did a little, how much would get done.

          • concerned citizen

            Amen to that rtc. God bless you!

      • NaniSusan

        Dear concerned citizen – i am much like you and then I read the story of St. Terese, I know I can’t fly the “eagles” (great saints) but I am like her (bird on the ground with a broken wing).
        She teaches us that she becomes a saint through God’s loving mercy, not His perfect justice. It is in Fr. Michael Gaitley’s “33 Days to Merciful Love”.

        • concerned citizen

          thanks Nani, I will look that up.

          • NaniSusan

            Great. God bless you.

            Susan Miller

    • D Blyth

      It is in your suffering that we are purified as you say Carol. Richard Rohr describes your process as the ‘liminal space’. http://inaliminalspace.com/about/what
      It’s people like you that give us courage and hope.
      In your suffering you give an opportunity to others to offer you love.
      You are in my prayers Carol!

      • Carol Miller

        Thank you. And thank you for the link. Carol M.

      • Elizabeth

        D.Blyth, http://inaliminalspace.com/abo… so profound and so practical at the same time And as you so aptly recognize, by Carol’s suffering she has given us an opportunity to offer her the love that dwells within us.

    • Barbara Ann Baugh

      Carol You will be in my prayers. It has taken me great suffering before I could feel cleansed. I have had two deadly cancers one is stage IV. and I have recently had major surgery to correct a life threatening condition caused by the first cancer. In the past six years I have received the anointing of the sick and absolution but only this time have I felt truly healed. During chemo treatment for my first cancer my daughter found a book of Mother Teresa’s writings and speeches (Blessed Are You: Mother Teresa and the Beatitudes) In the book she described how we can unite our suffering to Christ. I have done this ever since.

      • Carol Miller

        Thank you, Barbara. Your reply has really helped me. God bless. Carol M.

  • Juliet Kanu

    God bless you Bishop Barron!

    • KathleenAnn

      His teachings are just the best, aren’t they!?!

  • Joseph T. Garcia

    …” The closer we get to God , the more aware we become of our imperfections … But this is all good for the “self ” that we lose is the false self , the sinful ” I ” .”

    • Paul Diemert

      I believe in the saying, “It is truly a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Lord”.

  • Barb McSweeney

    Aging brings us to the depth of our NEED, our longing to KNOW HIm Who we will encounter sooner rather than later. Thank you, Archbishop Barron – you are His PRIEST…

  • Patrick Cassidy

    If you look at most of the saints, they seemed like holy people. But, in reality, they thought themselves as the worst sinners. Once we are emerged in God”s pure Light, every imperfection is shown and we become almost hyper aware of our actions. This is one of the greatest effects of regular participation in the Holy Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.

    Once we allow ourselves to be wholly consumed by the Holy Spirit, we are able to finally experience fully God’s awesome power of transformation.

    • Anton D

      I too was just thinking the same about the sacraments and would like to add,

      ‘ . . . and touched his mouth with a burning ember.’ reminded me of the Eucharist.

    • concerned citizen

      Do we pray because we are holy, or are we holy because we pray?

      • Gary

        We are Holy because God’s grace makes us Holy. It is the power of the Holy Spirit moving you to a Holy life in Christ. You cannot make yourself Holy. Be surrendering our imperfections to God, we move closer to him.

        • KathleenAnn

          The definition of holy is to be set apart. My understanding is that by placing my faith in Christ I am made holy. Maybe I don’t see it, but God does because when He looks at me He sees His son. We are set apart to live and breath for him by the power of the Holy Spirit.

          • Gary

            Exactly the point I was trying to make. We are made righteous by Jesus who is our advocate to the Father. We are a SANCTIFIED, HOLY, SET APART, redeemed by Jesus, presented to his Father as righteous, washed in the blood of the Lamb. Hebrews 10:9-10 and 14. and 17-18.Thank you for your response. You are truly wise in the Lord.

        • concerned citizen

          I agree, Gary. And we can only acquire the graces through prayers and frequenting the Sacrament with the right disposition of the heart. The moment we stop that, we also stop acquiring the graces.

          • rtclovesmac

            CC,

            I would caution using a term like “acquire”….grace if a gift of God freely given, not earned. Grace enables us to perform the good works of Mercy that set us apart, that go to becoming Holy. Prayer and the Sacraments are also gifts from God, and frequenting them are our responses to His grace calling us to be in closer communion with His Will.

          • concerned citizen

            From Fr. Hardon… No Prayer No Salvation

            We need prayer therefore as individuals and as groups to remain in God’s friendship. Without prayer we will lose the divine life we possess, and more obviously, we shall not grow in the life we already have. In other words, no prayer, no salvation. This is the basic reason why we are seeing such tragedies among once apparently strong believers. But being a believer is no guarantee of remaining one. They did not pray, or pray enough, or pray with sufficient constancy or perseverance, so the inevitable happened. They lacked the humility to admit their impotency to keep God’s commandments by themselves. In a word they lacked the grace they needed, and they lacked it because they failed to pray. And we dare not say that God owes us the grace; that is a contradiction in terms. Grace is precisely that which God does not owe us. That is why we correctly speak of begging.

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    The more we Pray for all soul’s realizing their is know difference between us. The Prayers are more about us (not I any more). Isaiah was in deed a Great and Blessed Prophet. Fore anyone who can stand before God is Blessed. I love the part where the Angel touch Isaiah with the burning ember, therefore every word out of Isaiah mouth would be a blessing and a truth to the people. The Love of the Trinity know no bounties, We as a people have much to learn about God, it is a continue’s Journey. In the Prayer’s of the Divine Will for each day we fuse our self in Jesus asking Him to come see through our see, come hear in our hearing, come breath in our breathing, be in our hands as we pray and in all we do this day, come walk in our walking in all we do this day, let our Heart beat has One so that all will be done in and through you oh Lord in your Holy Divine Will, for the good of all Soul’s Past , Present, and Future. Amen

    • Elizabeth

      And Amen, And Amen, And Amen. God Bless

  • ber

    Bishop Barron you say an encounter with God will shake or upset us that is a fearfull God for myself my encounter with God has always being one of love even in my sinfulness he did not turn away or despise me but filled me with a longing to become better that I may come more and more into his intimate presence one person’s sin may contribute to a lot of wrong but multiply that in the world is it any wonder he shows his anger as regards annihilation he could never really do this by creating hell he showed his mercy ???he could never totally wipe out what he created
    God knows us intimatey he knows sometimes we need a reminder it can be in the thunder or the breeze depending how urgent it may be .However bad our sinfulness is and indeed I am truly a sinner he loves me too much to give up on me His presence does not fill me with fear shame absulety The God of the old testament may be one of thunder and rage but he relented and sent his son he tried the thunder then love
    MY heart fills as I ponder on him untie my chains lord that I may fly to you

  • Christine Gloria Catherine Whe

    The last sentence resonated with me. “Something in you needs to be annihilated.. God’s awe-ful holiness lets you know what that is”. My thoughts have been consumed over many years by certain people who have caused me irreparable physical, emotional, spiritual harm. When I pray I try to forgive them and the angry thoughts subside. But these thoughts continue and I wish I knew how to annihilate them. I continue to plead with our merciful God to give me some respite especially during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Please pray for me.

    • concerned citizen

      Christine, forgiveness especially when the wound is deep is a long process and does not become complete instantaneously. The important thing, is you have decided to forgive the person, which I think you have. Then the process of forgiveness start. It should involve your thoughts, words and actions. You have already done your thoughts by praying for the person. Continue doing it, especially including the name of the person in the Our Father whenever you pray it. In addition, you should avoid talking badly of the person to anyone and instead think of or be alert to what nice or good things the person has done and talk about it. Finally, you should also be alert to any opportunity to do a good deed for him should he decide to ask for it. You can also volunteer doing a good deed for him if you are already prepared for a rejection, or not receiving any thank you from that person.

      Be patient. In due time, by forgiving the person in thoughts, words and deeds, you will eventually forget the bitterness you have for him.

      • Christine Gloria Catherine Whe

        Thank you for your sage advice. Yes, it will take time to heal with persistent prayer, and with positive thoughts about the persons involved. God is good and I trust He will provide a path for reconciliation. God bless.

        • Patricia

          Christine, All the above is excellent advice. I will add just one more thing. Don’t feel guilty for your feelings for they in and of themselves are not sinful and are there for a purpose. It is just when we act upon our negative feelings to hurt someone that they become a problem. I too will pray for you because it is so comforting when one can reconcile because the love just flows. God Bless all our discussions

          • Christine Gloria Catherine Whe

            Thank you for including me in your prayers Patricia. I know prayer works. I have joined my prayers with others for friends and family who gone through difficult times, while it takes time, God always comes through, in his way and in his time. God bless. 🙏🏽😇👼🏽🙏

    • Elizabeth

      Christine……..Whe, I was shown many years ago to take in your hands the people you are allowing to hurt you and give them with a gesture of outstretched hands to God and say God, I cannot forgive them but you can. They are in your hands. And Don’t take them back. Will be praying for you and so will our intercessory prayer group. God Bless.

      • Christine Gloria Catherine Whe

        Thank you for your prayers Elizabeth, and the prayers of your intercessory prayer group. It is very much appreciated.

  • Barbara Ann Baugh

    I have always thought of the cleansing coal as purgatory. In purgatory the scars of our sins are burned away. But sometimes we can receive that same cleansing through a painful sickness or event in our lives by offering that pain in union with Christ in reparation for our sins.

  • Linda Dokey

    Cleanse me O Lord Jesus for I am a sinner. Give me a pure heart that I may serve you better each day. Amen

  • http://findmeinflorida.wordpresscom Tampa Lady

    Doesn’t God cleanse us with his love if we are willing and open?

  • ber

    Bishop Barron going back to your words something in us needs to be annihilated I take it sin does God annihilate all our sinfull self does he rid us of our imperfections or does he give us the tool’s to do it ourself with his grace
    I go to St Paul who was left with a thorn in his side so God did not totally annihilate his sinfulness as St Paul says so not to become so proud is gods work imperfect ???
    Annihilation for me I guess is in dying to self to self will to reputation to all the things this world tells us we should care about so I guess that is annihilation when you remember nothing of your former self and still give praise to god

  • Gary

    I don’t get it. We live in an imperfect world, so guess what, as long as we are in this world, we will be imperfect. Man has been trying forever to present himself perfect in the eyes of God and has failed miserably. Jesus gave us the Commandments or the law, and not one us could keep them or it. If we could keep them, we would not have needed a Savior. He came and fulfilled the law for us closing that gap for us, and by his grace made heaven possible for those who call upon his name and believe in him. Paul says in Romans: “You are no longer a slave to sin, but a slave to righteousness.” 1 Peter 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on a tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” Our true perfection is in Christ Jesus.

  • Kathiehc

    I have to start an “annihilation list”!

  • 50AF

    “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31.

  • rtclovesmac

    Lord, cleanse me of those things that keep me from fully embracing You and fulfilling that which You have planned for me to do.

  • Màire Ní Bhroin

    The symbolism of the burning coal on the lip of Isaiah in the old testament beautifully foreshadows the blessing of the flame of the Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire on the heads of the apostles, symbolically cleansing and annointing at the same time. The Lord clearly demonstrates that He will help cleanse us and bless us to speak truth through His love and healing words.