Lent Day 33 – Forgiven

by gary-foote on March 22, 2015

Create a clean heart in me, O God – Psalm 51:a

33.3-22

I recently had the privilege of working with a group who were preparing for their First Confession. There was a woman who said, “I still don’t understand why I have to go to a priest to confess my sins.” This is such a great statement/question, but we need to add two additional words to it: the opportunity. When we add these two words, everything makes sense: I still don’t understand why I have the opportunity to go to a priest to confess my sins.

Why is God so good to us that He allows us to go to confession? Because His mercy and love for us extends further than we could ever imagine!

When we go to confession, God honors our effort. He begins by completing what often times is our imperfect contrition or imperfect sorrow for our sins. He transforms the imperfect to perfect.

Going to a priest is humbling as we vocalize the times when we’ve chose sin rather than God. This humility allows us to acknowledge that we are sinners in need of God’s mercy, that we need God, and cannot do it on our own.

When we go to confession, we are reconciled with both God and the Church.  The priest is present to us in the person of Jesus Christ, the head of the Church. When we sin, we first and foremost cause a division between God and ourselves, but we also create a divide between our brothers and sisters. Through confession, these wounds can be healed.

My personal favorite part of going to confession is hearing the words of Christ disguised in the voice of the priest, “I absolve you of your sins.” My human frailty makes me wonder sometimes whether or not God hears my prayers. But, in the Sacrament of Confession, there is no doubt because I actually get to hear the words, “I absolve you of your sins.” God heard me through His priest! What a wonderful gift!

I still don’t understand why I have the opportunity to go to a priest to confess my sins. But I am eternally grateful for God’s goodness to me.

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