Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.(Jas 5:16, NRSV)
On The Porch ..
Sisters and nuns! We think of them as the same, although they really are quite different. The difference is in their interaction with the world outside their communities.
Some of us have another misconception too. We think that religious people don’t sin. But, of course, all people sin. That includes our priests and religious.
It Is Written …
The Bible tells us that we are to confess our sins. Jesus didn’t leave us hanging, however. He gave his apostles the authority to forgive sins (Jn 20:22-23). Unfortunately, many of those who want to follow Christ outside the Catholic Church don’t avail themselves to the blessing of confession. They miss a real gift from our Lord!
That’s not to say that most people are not aware they are sinners. “I know I’m a sinner,” you’ll hear a friend say.
Another will chime in, “I’m not perfect. I’m still a work in progress.”
And of course, they’re all correct. They are sinners. They’re not perfect. They’re still works in progress. But Jesus doesn’t want to leave us that way. He had an antidote for us.
Consider this. If you don’t know your sins, how can you repent of them? And if you don’t confess your sins, how much time do you actually spend examining your conscience? Confession makes self-examination necessary and repentance that much more likely.
Life Goes On …
Sr. Lulu knew she was not perfect, even though she was a nun. She understood that she was not yet perfect — she was a work in progress. She understood the need to continuously renew her mind (Rom 12:2) so as to someday be able to break the bonds of concupiscence (attachment to sin). She loved her sisters and loved being a nun.
And some day, she looked forward to seeing the Christ face to face. What an awesome day that will be!
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