The three mercy parables of this Sunday, as also some facts happen recently in my life make me think about the divine justice and mercy, and how apply that to our quotidian life.
Last Saturday, I was helping to clear the church when I faced a lateral door that seemed abandoned. It was completely dusty, but it was possible to note its beauty despite the dirt. I knew, once cleaned, the door will recover its beauty. Perhaps none could notice this beauty in a lateral door but for me it was important.
While I was cleaning the door I started to imagine what the bystanders used to think when seeing the church door in such bad condition and I worried about the bad impression made on them by the parish community.
It’s incredible how God talks to us using anything, including a door. In this moment, I have in my mind a stranger analogy and I started to think: “If the parishioners’ hearts condition is the same of the door, the situation is critical.”
I know how stranger is to compare the heart to a door, but the conclusion is overwhelming. How many times have we abandoned our hearts and we left them dusty, losing its beauty? Sometimes it is in the smaller and more hidden part of our being where we leave the dust cumulating and the spiderwebs taking over. How great and fatal negligence, that takes out the life beauty.
The reconciliation sacrament is the tool offered by the Church to clean our lives. But make attention to the little things, because the little hidden sins are like dust grains cumulating in our hearts and separating us from God.
Certainly, it was not a torn or an incident that lets that door in such bad condition, but it was after many neglecting years, cumulating one dust grain at time, then the door finished dusty. For our souls is the same, the grace is lost one little sin at time. So, we need to be careful in our quotidian life.