Thursday, January 2, 2014

God's Court of Law

You know when you go to Confession, it’s not the priest that you’re confessing to, it’s Jesus Christ.  The priest is acting in persona Christi

Only God forgives sins.  (Mark 2:5)  Since Jesus is the Son of God, He says of Himself, “The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”  “Your sins are forgiven.”  (Mark 2:5, 10; Luke 7:48)  Further, by virtue of his divine authority He gives this power to men to exercise in His name.  (John 20: 21-23)  Catechism # 1441

God is there in the Confessional.  That’s Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  They’re not there to judge you.  Maybe because I’m a prisoners’ advocate, but I like to think They’re my lawyers.  They’re my advocates, so to speak.  They’re on my side. 

Remember Confession is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and that’s what my advocates are doing—reconciling me—bringing me back—making things better—reparation through my penance.  Remember that our God is a God of mercy, so He wants me back.

My team of Lawyers and I come out of this court confessional, as winners.  We’ve won the case.  I’m back whole again, with a clean slate.  

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