Posted by Fr. Andrew Young
“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.” Light exposes all kinds of things – makes things clear. Often when I grill steaks, especially in the wintertime, it is necessary and essential to use my headlamp so when I cut into the juicy steak the inside is made visible – is it still too rare or just right! Light exposes what is inside – not in just a piece of beef but also our souls! Lent is a time the Church asks us to expose what is inside, expose those wicked things – sin – to not a flashlight, but to Christ, the light, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If these sins are not exposed, they remain and fester. Only when they are truly exposed – confessed – to the light of Christ through the encounter with Him in a Confessional are we set free. In the next couple of weeks there are all kinds of opportunities around the Sioux Falls area to go to Confession (dates will be printed in next week’s bulletin), so we can expose those sins and truly receive the light of Christ in our souls. Don’t miss the opportunity to be in the presence of God.
Dr. Scott Hahn said in his book on confession, “Confession keeps us from living and laboring under delusions about the world, about our place in it, and about the story of our lives (living in blindness). It brings the dark corners of our soul into the clear morning light of eternal day, for ourselves to see in the sight of God. That can be difficult, and it can sometimes be painful, but in the end it heals with the all-powerful touch of Jesus Christ.”
Pope Francis has often commented upon Confession and the healing and freeing power behind the Sacrament. He not only preaches and encourages us to go, but he too uses the Sacrament. Just last year, after giving an address on forgiveness in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, he walked over to a confessional and before all present, including the media, confessed his sins to a simple priest.
“Do not be afraid of Confession! When one is in line to go to Confession, one feels all these things, even shame, but then when one finishes Confession one leaves free, grand, beautiful, forgiven, candid, happy. This is the beauty of Confession! I would like to ask you…when was the last time you made your confession?…Two days, two weeks, two years, twenty years, forty years? Everyone count, everyone say ‘when was the last time I went to confession?’ And if much time has passed, do not lose another day. Go, the priest will be good. Jesus is there…Jesus receives you, he receives you with so much love. Be courageous and go to Confession!” – Pope Francis