Sinful Christian: that's what God wants you to acknowledge you are, a sinful person not a perfect one. I hear it all the time: "Father Adam I have no sins!" I always tell the person: "well, let's take Mary's statue down and put you in her place then!" Especially very religious people come and say: “I don’t have any sins to confess, I’m just here for the graces!” Religious people just like during Jesus’ time can be experts at being and acting and feeling and promoting themselves as perfect and better than everyone else. Having faith doesn’t make you better than anyone else, it gives you more responsibility to be better. Jesus said: “to whom much has been given, much will be expected from.”
Sharing good news is not about proclaiming that you have it all together or that you have it all figured out because of your faith; rather that you acknowledge how messed up you are, how sinful you are, how many issues and problems you face daily; acknowledge once and for all that you don't have it all figured out and never will and in the midst of that proclaim how much God loves you despite all this: that's the Good News! Good News is shared when we tell people than no matter how messed up or sinful they may be God still loves them by pointing to yourself and saying: "look at me, look how messed up and sinful I am, and God still loves me and always will and never will stop loving me no matter what." That's Good News.
Nothing irks me more than fake people who pretend to be something they are not. Jesus calls us to be genuine, hence why the world around us needs Christians who acknowledge their sinfulness, not perfect ones because everyone knows we are all far from perfect. We will never reach perfection in this life; we are on our way but we are not there yet; we are works in progress in the school of the Master constantly learning new things and bettering ourselves. You are a disciple! A student. You are not the teacher. None of us is a finished product. God is the potter according to the Bible and we are the clay and He constantly is molding us and remoulding us in the shop which we call life. Today let us all take in the Good News that no matter our imperfections, sins, issues, and problems God still loves us as we are, as you find yourself now and right where you are; God loves you as He finds you not how He would like to have found you; and He calls you to share that unconditional love with those around you by loving them as they are not as you would want them to be.
So in the interest of full disclosure I acknowledge and admit how imperfect my cooking skills are and how imperfect my pancakes always come out. I admit here before all of you how much I need to learn still about making pancakes! At the same time I also know that you, my dear friends in Christ and in Creation, love me and accept me as imperfect as I am for I love and accept you as imperfect as you are! Who wants a delicious, flaxseed, chia seed, hemp seed, probiotic, gluten free, sugar free, apple and blueberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, matcha pancake? Warning: be close to the bathroom! I really should advertise this as the Kotas cleanse.
Father Adam Kotas