Duct Tape, WD-40, Prayer and Reconciliation
You often hear it said that when fixing things around the house, “You only need two things: Duct Tape and WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use Duct Tape; if it doesn’t move and should, use WD-40.” Duct tape is commonly used in situations that require a durable, flexible, and very strong bond. It works very well putting things back together after they have come apart. WD-40 does the opposite. It loosens things that have become stuck, protects and lubricates surfaces and makes them look new again. These are essential products for the house.
Just as things need fixing around the house, sometimes things need fixing in one’s spiritual life. At times, people get stuck in their ways or outlook on life. Personal relationships and attitudes have become hardened or indifferent. Habitual patterns of behavior have become inflexible. There are times when one can become completely disconnected from God or the relationship with God, neighbor and the Church becomes loose.
The Church also provides some essential products to help fix things that have gone wrong in our spiritual life. These are prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They strengthen bonds that have become loose and loosen things that have hardened, and make things look new again.
Prayer is talking to God. Frequent prayer helps to maintain a durable and strong relationship with God so that it doesn’t come loose. It provides a connection that we are one spirit with him and that he is one spirit with us. Prayer enhances the relationship with God so that he is reflected in every other part of one’s life and we develop stronger bonds with others.
During this season of Lent there will be weekly opportunities for reconciliation. It is a good time to take advantage of the healing power of forgiveness. Sin moves people away from God. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation they move back to God, strengthening the bond and joining them with him in renewed friendship. It loosens the grime of sin and one becomes renewed and refreshed, coming out looking like new again.
Duct tape and WD-40 are essentials for all the things that need fixing in the home. Prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are essentials for all the things that need fixing in the heart. This Lenten season is a good time to harden the bonds that have become loose and to loosen those that have hardened.