We are, I think, all born with a conscience, and for me it is God’s homing beacon; but how shall we know that if we know not God? How shall it become enlightened by the Light, if it knows not the Light that lighteth the world? How shall we receive the spiritual formation which enables our conscience to become informed and enlightened, if we ourselves know not the Lord; how can we seek His face if we do not know He is to be sought? Men do not look for that which they do not know they have lost.
Perhaps the man who is afraid to pray to God and denies he exists is closer to confessing him than the man who stands before God armoured in his own virtue; the first at least confesses that he and God are not at one; the latter, like the Pharisee in the parable despises sinners and thinks that keeping the law is the same as understanding its spirit.
Only when a person faces despair do they realise that they need mercy; those who do not want mercy never seek it. When we seek it, our heart begins to open to the Grace that is knocking on its door. God is the hope of the hopeless and the lover of the loveless; when we are most lost, then we can be found if we open our hearts. Hope is at the root of all theology. God wills all men to be saved, and if we will turn to him, even though we are in the darkest night, then will a light be lit.
Jesus is the word of the Father revealed to us; that word is accessible to all, if we will but bring it to them in the right spirit. This afternoon, by the Grace of God, a light was lit, and if we continue to pray, then all will be well, and all manner of things will be, and though our sins are scarlet, yet will the Blood of the Lamb wash them away. In that mystery of love, the world will be redeemed. Thanks be to God.