The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Come into the Light
In the gospel reading for this 2nd Sunday of Advent, John is baptizing in the Jordan River. The gospel states: “all Judea and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.” The Modern Catholic Dictionary defines baptism as: “the sacrament which, by water and the word of God, a person is cleansed of all sin and reborn and sanctified in Christ to everlasting life.” However, while all sin is cleansed in the waters of baptism, we may be years away from that cleansing event. Because we need ongoing maintenance, the Church also provides the sacrament of reconciliation for the forgiveness of sins. We need to make opportunities to regularly receive this sacrament for the forgiveness of our sins so that we can “come into the light.”
Please make every effort to cleanse yourself of sin during these Advent days by going to the sacrament of reconciliation. Not only does one receive forgiveness, God’s grace is imparted through the sacrament. By God’s grace we can acquire the “spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord” (first reading).
Do you really want to be a disciple of Jesus? Do you desire to give yourself more completely to Him? Make an intentional effort to prepare yourself for the Christmas event by celebrating the sacrament of forgiveness. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available here at St. Rita every Saturday from 4-5pm. There will also be an Advent Reconciliation Service at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Pasadena on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00pm. Let us renew our baptism and come into the light by going not to the Jordan River but to the confessional, and acknowledge our sins. Peace and blessings.