I think confession is one thing for sure most Catholic’s struggle with. The reason is because we do not want to tell the priest our sins.
I’ve already had this argument with my family because it has been a while since some of them have went. We worry that the priest will think less of us and will see our worst, but a priest would disagree with that.
This is actually when a priest sees the best in you, he sees you as who you truly want to be. They see you as a person who knows they have sinned, someone who knows they can do better, and someone who is committed and striving to live for God. The priest is there as a servant of God’s mercy.
While confessing our sins is not easy, it is more difficult to carry our sins with us while seeking the Lord. When we are cleansed of our sins, we are being brought back to the perfection of our baptism. We are made new, and it is in this new state that we can continue to grow closer with the Lord. We allow his grace to wash over us and let the Holy Spirit in.
Jesus did not give us the sacrament of reconciliation or confession because we deserved it.
He gave it to us because he knows we need it and he knows the temptations of this life.
Lucky for us Jesus has a soft spot for sinners. We see this in Mark 2:16-17. It says “some of the scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collector and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus came for us to save us and to heal us. This is what reconciliation is. It is Jesus healing us of our sins and bringing us back to his perfection. As part of reconciliation we humble ourselves and recognize that we have to amend our life.
Tell the priest all of your sins, ask him any questions you have, don’t worry about how long you will be in there and the peace that will flow upon you will change you. You cannot receive such an amazing gift from God and not be changed.
This is what life is all about, growing closer to God. It may sound difficult and you may think it is not possible for you but it is. The only reason I know this is true is because that is what happened to me...
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