In addition to recognising God’s greatness and committing ourselves to God, it is important to talk to God about our wrongdoing or what we might call our sin.
Today some people don’t like to use the word “sin.” For them it is too harsh but the truth is sin means that we fall short of how God has asked us to live. This falling short is not just as a result of human frailty and weakness but is the deliberate decision to do what we want. It is a rejection of God and while this can be a wholehearted rejection or more often done halfheartedly it is none the less done with an element of deliberate choice.
Our sin does not only affect us and those who know about our sin. Sin when carried out deliberately affects all who are a part of the Church. Together we make up the spiritual house known as the Church. Our actions affect the whole body and not just ourselves as is a common misconception.
Putting ourselves right with God simply means to be honest. It does not mean we will feel bad or that we will not feel bad.
Honesty admits. It does not cover anything up.
Honesty is truthfully saying to God I stumbled here and I need your forgiveness as well as your help and this submits us once again to the Lordship of Christ.
As Catholics we have the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. In this action we are joined to the Church once again particularly when we have faltered seriously.
Reconciliation restores and gives pardon and peace.
ACTION: With honesty and sincerity ask yourself in this Lenten journey what areas of your life need change and God’s wholeness.
GOSPEL READING: John 5: 17-30
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