Acts 5, 12-16; Ps 118, 2-4. 13-15. 22-24; Rev 1, 9-13. 17-19; Jn 20, 19-31
“Peace be with you” In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!
One of the many titles of Christ is “Prince of Peace.” Unfortunately in the modern world, especially by one Barack Hussien Obama there’s a promotion of false peace by disarming our weapons and going into a socialist utopia. The Catechism is very specific in saying that “Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries.” (CCC 2304), The question becomes, what is true Peace?
All peace comes from Christ himself, and the means to this peace has been given to us by mans of the Sacrament of Confession.
Christ gave the authority to the Apostles’ to forgive sins (Jn 20, 23) and it would not make sense if the Apostles’ have this authority given to them by God himself, if they didn’t use this authority that was given to them. Christ being God and knowledge and wisdom itself established one Church with this authority, the Catholic Church, the Bishops who are direct successors to the Apostles’ and the priests’ share in the ministry of the one High Priest Christ himself.
When we go to Confession, you are Confessing your sins to God Himself and the community (James 5, 17). The priest also is representative of the community that you’ve offended by your sins. Do not let the sins of the priest hold you from the Sacrament of Confession, the Sacraments operate ex opero operate, that is to say the grace that belongs to the Sacrament is not affected because of the sins of the priest.
What are the conditions that make a confession good? They are as follows: humility, sincerity and entirety. Humility is in our confession when we accuse ourselves of our sins, with a deep sense of shame and sorrow for having offended God. Sencerity is in our confession when we tell our sins honestly and truthfully neither exaggerating nor excusing them. Entirety is in our confession when we tell the number and kinds of our sins and the circumstances which change their nature.
Today happens to be Divine Mercy Sunday as request by Our Lord Himself in a vision to St Faustina Kowalska. This particular sunday was chosen because of the Gospel, where the Sacrament of Confession was instituted. Mercy is the characteristic we see of God thorughout the Bible, whether it’s Sodom and Gamorrah, the woman at the well, or the very act of God dying on the Cross, all are Mercy itself. God’s mercy is like an endless ocean, we merely need to come to it humble, contrite and entirely to His Mercy, it is the sinner who has greatest access to the Mercy of God, as God desires that all of us be saved (1 Tim 2, 4). It is heaven that rejoices over the one repentant sinner
Let us pray Eteranl God in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to your Holy will which is love and Mercy itself.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!