Jesus came to make the love of God known, reaching out to sinners to bring them God’s forgiveness and mercy. He brought the healing love of God to earth, not only in the miracles He worked, but also in the forgiveness He bestowed on sinners, even those who had sinned publically and thought themselves beyond God’s mercy. Every time we sin, we rupture our relationship with other people, with God, and even with ourselves. Reconciliation (also known as Penance and Confession) is the way Christ gave the Church to continue bringing the healing love of God in forgiveness and mercy. In this Sacrament, we acknowledge our sins before God and His Church and look to be reconciled. We express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ through His Church, make reparation for what we have done, and resolve to do better in the future. The result is a renewed relationship with God and the Church and a heart strengthened to receive God’s love and to do God’s work. It is understandable that you may be afraid to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation if you have been away from it for awhile or if your sin seems to be weighing you down. This Sacrament, though, is more about God’s love and mercy then about our sinfulness. Recognizing our sinfulness is only the first step in allowing God to offer forgiveness and to love us even more.
Monday & Wednesday, 5:15 PM