Little Whispers, Tim Montales

Motivation For Confession

First Reading
Ex 34: 11 – 16

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I myself will look after and tend my sheep.
As a shepherd tends his flock
when he finds himself among his scattered sheep,
so will I tend my sheep.
I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered
when it was cloudy and dark.
I will lead them out from among the peoples
and gather them from the foreign lands;
I will bring them back to their own country
and pasture them upon the mountains of Israel
in the land’s ravines and all its inhabited places.
In good pastures will I pasture them,
and on the mountain heights of Israel
shall be their grazing ground.
There they shall lie down on good grazing ground,
and in rich pastures shall they be pastured
on the mountains of Israel.
I myself will pasture my sheep;
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD.
The lost I will seek out,
the strayed I will bring back,
the injured I will bind up,
the sick I will heal,
but the sleek and the strong I will destroy,
shepherding them rightly.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 23: 1 – 6

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want

Second Reading
Rom 5: 5 – 11

Brothers and sisters:
The love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Gospel
Lk 15: 3 – 7

Jesus addressed this parable to the Pharisees and scribes:
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.”

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REFLECTION

“I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” – Luke 15: 7

Okay. Let us take a look at some of the hindrances to take the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

  1.  Afraid of what the priest will say about our sins
  2.  The penance
  3.  It’s the same old sins again and again.
  4.  Unworthy

If you’re guilty of these elements, don’t worry because, like you, I’m also guilty of these hindrances. Yes, I’m afraid who what the priest will say and the penance that he will bestow. I’ve been confessing the same old sins again and again, and that I think that I’m unworthy of His Love and Mercy. But His Word today will become our motivation to confession as often as we can, for it will bring a smile to our Lord because a lamb of His has returned to his warm and loving embrace.

Friends, it really takes a lot of guts and faith to get inside the confessional box and confess your sins, yet, in the end, we and the Lord will be wearing our smiles because we have reconciled with Him and now, are together again.

So whenever you feel that you’re having a hard time to take this Sacrament, always remember that someone up there is waiting for you to take that step and hug you after taking the Sacrament. – Tim Montales (tm81288@yahoo.com)

PRAYER
Lord, thank You for the Sacrament of Confession because it enables us to reconcile with You. We are sorry for the times that we’ve misused this Sacrament to our convenience, yet, we are thankful for this Sacrament as this has become our bridge in making amends with You. May we be never afraid to take the first step towards reconcillation. Amen!

REFLECTION QUESTION
Do you believe that your sins are forgiven after confession?

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