“See, now that this has touched you lips,
your wickedness is removed, your sin purged" (Is 6:7).
Have you ever bought a new outfit or repainted your kitchen and you just couldn’t wait to show it off to your friends? It’s ENERGIZING when something new like this happens because you want to share the excitement. Yet, what happens when you wear that new outfit for the 23rd-time? It still looks great on you but it’s hard to get as excited about it anymore. It’s also the same with that newly painted kitchen. It’s still looks lovely but your enthusiasm eventually fades.
The prophet Isaiah is RENEWED when one of the seraphim (an angel) purges his sin by touching his lips with an ember from the altar. The burden of his sin has been lifted and he’s eager to respond to God’s invitation: “Here I am…send me!” Since Isaiah ministry lasted 40-years, I think it’s safe to assume that he found a way to combat any flatness that may have come as time wore on.
Did you know that we have a way to be purged of our sins? And it’s something far less painful that a burning piece of coal touching our lips! The Church calls it the Sacrament of Reconciliation and it has the power to REFRESH us. It can fill us with ENTHUSIASM—making us just as EAGER as Isaiah to share the good news of God’s love.
Of course, none of us go to Confession every day. So our enthusiasm may diminish. But what if you could capture that feeling of refreshment every day? Recall that freshly painted kitchen. Wouldn’t you want to wipe off any smudges the dog makes its paws on the wall so that it can still look new for as long as possible? In a similar way, you can repent of your everyday sins—every day—and still feel God’s love and power anew.
So what are you waiting for? Make it a point to examine your conscience daily. Then you’ll begin to experience the JOY Isaiah knew—not just once, but over and over and over again. Once you’re purged from your sin, you’ll cry out, “Here I am, Lord!”
In God’s Time, Fr. Carmelo