Homily for April 2nd and 3rd – Go and sin no more
Father Vince Lampert, the exorcist for our Archdiocese, came to Saint Paul’s on Thursday night and gave an AWESOME talk about exorcisms. I encourage anyone who missed it to go to Saint Paul’s Facebook page and watch all of it. (click here or watch below)
Fr. Vince talked a lot about confession and noted “When we recommit ourselves to God, God does not care about the past, God cares about where we are. When people live in the past, they live in a world of guilt, and when you live in a world of guilt, your best friend is going to be the Devil…the Devil is described in the book of Revelation as an accuser.”
We see this encouragement to go to confession and then move forward knowing that we start anew in all three readings from today.
Our first reading from the Prophet Isaiah says, speaking on behalf of God “Remember not the events of the past, see, I am doing something new!”
Saint Paul tells the Philippians in our 2nd reading today: “forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal”
And in our Gospel we hear Jesus say to the woman caught in adultery “Neither do I condemn you…go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
In the Mass and in the Confessional, most of the prayers and words of the priest are offered on behalf of himself and the people. But when the crucial words of consecration at Mass and absolution in the confessional are said, it switches to the first person…”I absolve you” “This is my Body”
The Church says that in that moment, Christ is literally saying those words through the priest
And so the sacrament of reconciliation is just that, an opportunity to reconcile with God himself, to not just start over, not just to have our sins forgiven, but also to receive new grace from God moving forward.
The average confession lasts three minutes. The confessional and the Mass are the last place the Devil wants you to be. But when we leave the confessional, I promise you will sing with the Psalmist “The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy”
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