Holy Week and Confession.

Lent has been kicking my butt. 

So many times, this season has been known to stretch me spiritually, but I'm especially feeling it this year. To help myself combat this spiritual battle that keeps raging on around me, I'm seeking solace in the sacrament of confession. 

Confession might be my favorite sacrament (aside from the Eucharist). The remission of sin and the knowing you have been forgiven is freeing and life-giving. Yesterday, I was able to participate in this particular sacrament and am so grateful for the Psalm that was given to me to read as part of my penance (I'm allowed to share that.... right?). Take a look at the Psalm, meditate on it, and find an opportunity to attend the sacrament yourself before Holy Thursday. 

 

PSALM 32

Remission of Sin

Of David. A maskil.

I

Blessed is the one whose fault is removed,

whose sin is forgiven.

Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no guilt,

in whose spirit is no deceit.

II

Because I kept silent, my bones wasted away;

I groaned all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength withered as in dry summer heat.

Selah

Then I declared my sin to you;

my guilt I did not hide.

I said, “I confess my transgression to the LORD,”

and you took away the guilt of my sin.

Selah

Therefore every loyal person should pray to you

in time of distress.

Though flood waters threaten,

they will never reach him.

You are my shelter; you guard me from distress;

with joyful shouts of deliverance you surround me.

Selah

III

I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk,

give you counsel with my eye upon you.

Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding;

with bit and bridle their temper is curbed,

else they will not come to you.

IV

Many are the sorrows of the wicked one,

but mercy surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous;

exult, all you upright of heart.

 

Find time this week to attend confession. Let's have this Holy Week be the most fruitful one yet so we can truly rejoice with our Lord's resurrection.