Excerpt from Prepare the Way of the Lord
Talk given by M. Nadine     

“Have mercy on me, God, in Your goodness; in Your abundant compassion blot out my offense.”  (Ps 51:3)

In Mark 2:17 Jesus tells us that He did not come to call the virtuous but sinners.  In our culture we are getting away from the very heart of the Gospel.  It is all about love, about allowing ourselves to come to Him as sinners and allowing ourselves to reach out to others, loving them as they are with no conditions.  That is why our spirits can rejoice with Our Lady in God, Our Savior (Lk 1:47).  We need to remember that Jesus is the Savior, the Lamb, Emmanuel (Mt 1:23).  He has many wonderful titles but we need to remember that He is Savior.  He came to save me from myself, my false self, so that I can be reborn into the Kingdom and become the child who God created me to be.  This is the wisdom of the desert.  Psalm 2:7 says, “This day, I have begotten you.”  This day, God wants to bring us forth into the true child of His that we really are.

The main block to this process is unforgiveness.  It is impossible to forgive without God’s power, without His love.  To forgive is divine; it is not humanly possible.  But, it is possible with God.

Intercession is the ministry of reconciliation.  We unite man and God.  We prepare the way, through intercession, for God to come and take up residency within souls.  We must prepare the way within ourselves as well.  We are a house of God too and must be reconciled with Him.  This is inner healing; to prepare the way of the Lord to come into my heart.  He said, “I give you a new heart; I promise you a new spirit.  I want to put this within you” (Ez 36:26).  “I will take out of your flesh, your heart of stone,” your heart that is not really loving, that is not really kind or patient or forgiving.  “I will remove this heart and give you a heart of flesh” (Ez 11:19).  In other words, “I will give you My Heart, My Spirit.  I will set you free.  But come to Me so that together, we can set things right” (Is 1:18).

“…My love shall never leave you nor My covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, Who has mercy on you.”  (Is 54:10)