In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Sin makes us stupid. Stupid so that we think doing sin makes us happy. But as soon as we’ve done it, though it may have brought momentary pleasure, a rush or a thrill, or distraction from your pain, it immediately springs a trap on you of guilt, self-loathing, shame, and regret. You’ve been through it before. You’ll go through it again. Because sin makes you stupid. As Baptized Christians we all live in this cycle of sin, repentance, and faith. When we get particularly stuck in the sin part of the cycle sometimes the Lord uses the events of life to snap us out of our sin. He uses the consequences of life in this sin-filled, broken world to turn us back to Himself. To repent us. Sometimes His Holy Spirit works quickly, and as soon as you’ve sinned you repent. And then He grants His grace and mercy to refresh you and give you joy. And if you doubt it, where do you go? To Christ’s called and ordained ministers: for Holy Absolution, the declaration from God’s mouth to your ears that you are forgiven in Jesus’ name; for the Lord’s Supper which puts Jesus’ own living body and life blood in your mouth, giving you life to the full. (John 10:10)