Today's reading is one of my favorites because it underscores the importance of going to confession. Confession is very important in your relationship with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. God, in his infinite wisdom gave us his only Son to deliver us from sin, just as God used Moses to deliver his people from bondage out of Egypt. Sin IS bondage. They are shackles that bind us and do not let go. Our faith, through the Holy Spirit, has given us the Sacrement of Confession or in today's terms, Sacrament of Reconciliation to free us from those shackles. In turn, after we are cleansed and washed clean, we partake in the celebration of Christ and unite with him through the Sacrement of Communion.
Freeing yourself from these shackles of sin is a daily struggle. Being human we are born with original sin that makes it impossible to be perfect. We can strive for that perfection, however, by going to Mass each Sunday, going to confession on a regular basis, going to Communion at Mass, and doing charitable work for those less fortunate. As a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Knight of Columbus, ESL Aide and a Welcome Committe Member at our Church, I speak from experience that there is no greater gift you can give to God than to devote your available time to charitable works.
I recommend involving yourself in your community so that you too can experience God's love through the eyes and voices of those that thank you for your service. You will feel a sense of love and compassion that cannot be felt elsewhere and you will not be dissappointed.
"Lord, continue to use me as an instrument for your love. Through the Holy Spirit, grant me the wisdom to seek those out who need my help" - Amen.