Reflection: In St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians we all receive a kind Lenten reminder to return to the Lord through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We can quickly come to see the Sacrament of Reconciliation and making a verbal confession to a priest as uncomfortable and unnecessary. This, however, would be a false assumption. St. Paul reminds us that God does not count our trespasses against us. As long as we come to Him with a humble and contrite heart and seek to turn from our sinful ways, our Father will joyfully forgive us just as the Father of the prodigal son forgave his son’s sinful ways. “For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” Don’t miss out on the beautiful forgiveness and grace that flows from the Sacrament of Reconciliation simply because it makes you uncomfortable. “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Our Father already knows our sins and our failings, and He longs to welcome us home and to fill us with His grace.
Reflection for kids: God knows our sins and he loves us anyway. God wants to forgive us and to love us in-spite of our sins. All we must do is love Him and seek His forgiveness and try to sin no more.
Big Picture: God knows our sins and he loves us anyway.
Younger saints: Does God love everyone? Even those who have sinned? How do we seek forgiveness for our sins?
Older saints: Have you been to confession yet this Lent? What is holding you back? We read today about a loving a forgiving human father who forgave the sins and failings of his son and celebrated his return home. Does our Father in heaven not love us and forgive us more than any human father ever could? Why then are you afraid to bring your failings to Him and to seek His forgiveness?
Scripture Verse for the Week: “For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
You are now entering the mission field: Invite a neighboring family over for dinner this week. Ask them their plans for Easter and share a glimpse of the Catholic Church and the story and meaning of Easter (Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the Hungry).