Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

HEB 4:1-5, 11, Mk 2:1-12

It is probably a common enough experience that someone who has been away from the Sacrament of Penance for a long time works up the courage to go and finds himself or herself immensely relieved. What they thought would be a humiliating experience turns out to be a liberating one. What they believed would be almost impossible – to tell another man some of the most shameful things that they ever had done in their life – ends up being an intimate conversation which ends with the consolation of God’s own forgiveness.

We can’t convince some people to trust the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We can’t even assure them, if they don’t believe it, that a man has authority to speak for God. But in reality anyone who has experienced the Sacrament and who really needed the Sacrament, can rejoice and will say it was the best experience of their life.

Fr. Gary Lauenstein

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