How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
The Miracle of Mercy, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Part 2
The Pardon of the Sinful Woman (Luke 7)
As Jesus dines with a Pharisee, a sinful woman bringing ointment decides to enter his house. She stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to bathe His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair and kissed them and anointed them. The Pharisee was angry because he thought if Jesus were a prophet, He would have known she was a bad sinner.
Verse 40: “Jesus said to Him in reply, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Tell me, Teacher,’ he said. ‘Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?’ Simon said in reply, ‘The one I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.’ He said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’” Our Lord was saying two thousand years ago just as He says today, “The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy, and who will love Him more? The one who has many sins, because much has been forgiven.”
The Confessor is a physician of the Soul
How can a doctor prescribe a suitable remedy if he does not know the nature of the sickness? Never will he be able to do so. If you do not reveal to the confessor the misery of your soul (your sins), how can a doctor help you? Jesus gives us free will and if we want to keep our sins, He respects our wishes.
Open yourself fully in the Confessional
This comes through patience and kindness of the priest. A doctor cannot heal you if you won't tell him where it hurts. Hold nothing back in the Confessional. How can a doctor prescribe a suitable remedy if he does not know the nature of the sickness?
Humility is the key to an Outstanding Confession
A soul does not benefit as it should from the Sacrament of healing if it is not humble. Pride will keep you in darkness. The soul puts up a wall and avoids the remedy for recovery. Pride and shame are what will prevent your soul from a closer union with God.
Obedience is also the key to Advancement in a Holy Life
When the soul enters the sacrament of healing, it should be deeply humble, holding nothing back then, advancement in holiness begins.
In the Confessional, God pours knowledge into the Soul
If I wanted to know you, I mean really know you, and wanted to become you, how would I do it? I would have to live with you, walk with you, be with you, and ask you question after question about yourself. I would have to get under your skin. Well, this should happen in the confessional. Christ is truly present, hidden by the priest. Talk to Him as a friend. Live in the confessional and let Him pour all the knowledge and graces you need to become Christ. He wants you to take on His divinity. How did our Saints become great Saints? By frequent confession.
Our Lord Speaks:
“Were a soul like a decaying corpse, so that from a human standpoint, there would be no hope of restoration and everything would already be lost. It is not so with God” (1448)... “Make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen” (1725)... “The blood and water which came forth from My heart always flows down upon your soul” (1602)... In the tribunal of mercy [the Sacrament of Reconciliation].
What is this tribunal of Mercy?
Faustina: When I left the confessional, ineffable joy filled my soul, so that I withdrew to a secluded spot in the garden to hide myself from the sisters to allow my heart to pour itself out to God. God's presence penetrated me and, in an instant, all my nothingness was drowned in God; and at the same moment I felt, or rather discerned, the three divine persons dwelling in me (Diary 175). Confession is an encounter with Three Divine Persons. It is an encounter with the Trinity.
Before you go to Confession, you must have tears of repentance
Before you go to Confession, stir up the tears of repentance and there is no better way of doing this than to remember the passion of Christ (Calvary). To get in touch with what Christ suffered for you and me, you must realize with each sin, you helped drive the nails into Him. Here is that “eternal now” again. If God lives in the eternal now, then He saw your future sins, so you also drove the nails into His pure body. In the confessional, you must stir up your heart with great trust, then God will give you a new heart.
(Catechism 1428) The human heart is converted by looking upon Him who our sins have pierced, to stir up the tears of repentance.
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