The Light is on for You
Experience God's Mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every year, our middle school folks have the opportunity during Faith Formation to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and they’re often more than a little bit nervous about it when the time comes. Some of them haven’t been since second grade, so part of the fear is likely rooted in not knowing what to do. But I think a bigger part of that fear is that they are afraid to tell someone that they’ve done something wrong, something that they probably aren’t proud of doing.
We’re the same way, aren’t we? It doesn’t matter what age we are. We all remember moments from our lives where we have gotten in trouble for doing something wrong. We remember what it feels like when someone yelled at us. We remember what it was like to have someone disappointed in us.
Those feelings couldn’t be further from the experience of Reconciliation that the Church offers us. For thousands of years, the Church has been saying, “We have great news! You are forgiven!” And why does the Church say this? Because Jesus said it.
In His time on earth, Jesus forgave people over and over again. The woman caught in adultery. The paralyzed man. The thief on the cross. Jesus knew how much we needed to hear that we were forgiven, which is why the Church continues to say the same thing today.
So whatever you have done, whatever you have failed to do, Jesus longs for you to know that you are forgiven, that your relationship with God is restored, and that you are now free to go and sin no more. All you have to do is ask.
I have had more than one person come up to me after they’ve gone to Confession with tears in their eyes and say, “The priest was so kind,” or, “I needed to hear that,” or, “I’m so glad I went.” Join us at the Light is on for You to experience that same healing power of Jesus in your own life.
Monday, December 14th, 2015 4-7pm
On Monday, December 14th, 2015 from 4-7pm, Parishes across the Diocese of Syracuse will be open for confession. The Light is On For You campaign was created by the Archdiocese of Washington and has since been implemented by dioceses throughout the United States. We are glad to join the Diocese of Syracuse in this effort. Check out the following from syracusediocese.org:
By participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, whether our first time in days, weeks, months or years, we are experiencing God’s individual and unwavering love for us, and one of the true graces made available to us by our Catholic faith. God loves us just the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way.
Pope Francis said that confession is an encounter with Jesus, whose "mercy motivates us to do better...God is happy when he gives us his mercy."
We're all familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Jesus tells us that there was a man who had two sons, one who went away from him for a time and then returned, feeling as though he was unworthy of his father's love:
"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son."
But his father wasn't angry. He said to his servants, "This son of mine was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found!"
When we return to the Church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus rejoices like the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is never "too late" to return to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Imagine how joyful you will feel upon confessing your sins, big or small!
But it's been a while...
Read and watch some of these resources the Diocese offers on understanding the Sacrament of Reconciliation and how to participate in confession:
We hope you will join us and experience God's mercy in this special way. God Bless.