Time for a Reconciliation: Getting Closer to God
If you haven’t attended mass in awhile or you aren’t participating in confession, then making the move to do so can enhance your life spiritually and assist in deepening your faith. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, otherwise referred to as the Sacrament of Confession, is one unique aspect of Catholicism that Christians can embrace.
Jesus established this Sacrament so sinners can receive forgiveness as well as re-establish their relationship with God. Confession is indeed good for the soul as it allows Christians to become renewed in Christ.
Referring to John 20: 21-23 can help clarify the importance of confessing one’s sins. The New International Version (NIV) of this message is set forth as follows:
“21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
The verses emphasize the need for forgiveness and cleansing oneself of inequity. Saying the Lord’s Prayer on a routine basis too reminds us that forgiveness is essential if we want become close to God and continue to do his will.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
So, if you haven’t confessed in some time, you can be assured that the Church will welcome you with open and loving arms. Confession allows Catholics to take a step forward in their faith, all which promotes such feelings as joy, love, and peace. If you want to know yourself better and strengthen your spiritual connection, then, again, make it a point to go to Confession. Confession reminds us that we truly need God’s assistance in order to experience grace and peace.