It's too late... Have you ever felt this way?
It's too late to...change, it's too late to... move on, it's too late...to chase your dreams, it's too late...to become a saint, it's too late..."to apologize...It's TOO LATEEEE". (Thank you, One Republic.)
We hear it in the songs, we hear it in our heads...and if we linger in these notions long enough, we somehow believe it in our hearts. We seem to think this is the voice of reason, "You are not worthy", "You'll never change", "You don't deserve a second chance". Unfortunately, too often when we hear these voices, we give up. We stop trying. We become lazy. We continue to fall into bad habits. We fall into despair. Whether those thoughts come from an outside force or from our own heads, I've spent too long believing them and buying into them. This is simply NOT THE TRUTH when it comes to Our God, and if you have been believing or living like this at all lately, its time to hear the truth and live in it!
One of the hardest parts of my own spiritual journey has been to believe in the Lord's mercy for me. It is a constant daily struggle between the thoughts in my head that tell me to give up-that it's too late, and the voice of truth coming from Christ to continually trust in His mercy. This being the year of mercy, I feel like lately the Lord has been truly pulling me ever deeper into the understanding that, despite how I think or what the songs say...Mercy is always the response to these thoughts that try to rob me of living in the light. The Lord is always extending His hand to offer mercy.
The truth is, by ourselves we are not worthy, we do not deserve a second chance, and we may never change, but because of the perfect and acceptable sacrifice of Christ, we are made worthy, we are given many second chances, and we can always change till the moment we take our last breath.
When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina he spoke of His great mercy, "My mercy is greater than your sins and those of the entire world. Who can measure the extent of my goodness? For you I descended from heaven to earth; for you I allowed myself to be nailed to the cross; for you I let my Sacred Heart be pierced with a lance, thus opening wide the source of mercy for you. Come, then, with trust to draw graces from this fountain. I never reject a contrite heart. Your misery has disappeared in the depths of My mercy. Do not argue with Me about your wretchedness. You will give me pleasure if you hand over to me all your troubles and griefs. I shall heap upon you the treasures of My grace." (The Diary of St. Faustina ,1485) And even to the greatest of sinners and weakest of humanity, Jesus says, "Let the greatest sinners place their trust in my mercy...the greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to my mercy." (" 1146, 723) Wow. If that isn't mercy. If that isn't second chances. If that isn't LOVE, then I don't know what is.
With God it is never too late. His mercies are NEW every morning. So while we are in this year of mercy, better yet, while we still live, and move and have being, let us cling to the mercy of God. It is never too late. We are never too far gone, and He never tires of pouring his love and mercy into our hearts.
Let us pray like St. Faustina, especially on this feast of the Sacred Heart...
"God, One in the Holy Trinity, I want to love You as no human soul has ever loved You before; and although I am utterly miserable and small, I have, nevertheless, cast the anchor of my trust deep down into the abyss of Your mercy, O my God and Creator! In spite of my great misery I fear nothing, but hope to sing You a hymn of glory for ever. Let no soul, even the most miserable, fall prey to doubt; for, as long as one is alive, each one can become a great saint, so great is the power of God‟s grace. It remains only for us not to oppose God's action." (283)
So what are we waiting for?! It's time to move forward. It's time to trust. It's time to believe in mercy. It's never too late.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
"We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.”- Pope Saint John Paul II