So began Father’s homily on Sunday. We are the just man, he told us. Each of us sins, and is in need of reconciliation with God. He reminded us of what Pius X said – that the greatest sin of our modern time is the loss of a sense of sin. We know that, as Uncle Screwtape wrote to Wormwood, one of the errors we can fall into is disbelieving the existence of devils.
Father shared this with us, not to chastise us or make us ashamed, but so we would be alert to the voice of John crying in the wilderness, beseeching us to prepare for the coming of the Lord, to make the way straight for Him.
Through prayer, penance and the Holy Eucharist we have access to God’s mercy. Even better, He gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation. How good He is to us, to provide us the means to say out loud, “ I am sorry for what I have done.” And to hear the words spoken to us, “Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace.” Confession is a meeting with our Blessed Lord, an intimate encounter of tenderness and mercy. God desires for us to be one with Him, and He has provided the means through His Son… the One for whom we are now preparing.
Let us rejoice! There is no better gift.