(continued from yesterday)
If you want Reconciliation to do all the good it’s meant to do for you, if you want to use it to deal with the things that are coming between you and God, then you have to be honest. And open. And vulnerable.
It’s easy to see why anyone would be worried about something like that. Even more so if you don’t know what’s going to happen (or haven’t been in a long time). So what is waiting for you in the confessional?
Just a moment when a priest is most like Christ. Listening in love, while it all comes tumbling out. Just like Christ. Offering gentle guidance back to God. Just like Christ. And God’s love and forgiveness, with the heart of last Sunday’s Gospel (“Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”).
Just like Christ.
That’s what’s waiting for you in the confessional.