Winter storm, “Jonas,” is currently POUNDING the East Coast but its path did not bring it here to Western New York. Our area (Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse) usually leads the nation in snow accumulation every winter, not that I’m bragging by any means.
In response to the very dangerous weather in the mid-Atlantic states, Catholic bishops have declared that church members in the area are excused from attending mass tomorrow if conditions are too hazardous.
Catholics are obligated to attend mass every Sunday and every designated holy day of obligation. If they fail to attend a single mass without a valid excuse they incur a “mortal” sin, which will purportedly damn them to hell if they don’t confess it to a priest. This is evidently not a problem for most Catholics because, according to church sources, only 24% attend mass every Sunday anyway.
The Catholic church teaches we are all born with original sin. They say baptism washes away original sin from the soul and then it’s up to the person to continue to keep the soul clean by participating in the church’s sacraments and by avoiding “mortal” sin in order to merit Heaven.
But the Bible teaches we are all born with a sin nature. We sin quite regularly in thought, word, deed, and by omission. We just can’t avoid sinning, no matter how hard we claim we try. But Jesus Christ, God the Son, the perfect Lamb of God, came to this Earth and paid the penalty for our sins. He rose from the grave, conquering sin and death, and offers eternal life and fellowship with God to all who accept Him as their Savior.
We will all stand before a Holy God someday. Will you stand before Him with your own imperfect, unworthy efforts or will you stand before Him with the imputed, perfect righteousness of the Savior, Jesus Christ?
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today. Storms, accidents, sudden illness; none of us know what a day may bring forth.
“For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians 6:2
Catholics excused from Sunday mass during winter storm