Mar 4, 2020
From the desk of Fr Stephen
As we move through the Lenten season, we are reminded from time to time of the culmination of Lent where we will enter Holy Week and finally celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. When Jesus rises, he takes on a glorified body. We don’t really understand what this means, but somehow he looked different because people who he knew did not recognize him. Somehow his body was different. It was glorified and perfect.
Today we read about the Transfiguration. Jesus’ body is transfigured. His outward appearance is so dazzling the Apostles try to hide from him. They are overcome and do not know what to do. This scene is good food for thought because even though Jesus became a human just like us, he was also the Son of God, an infinite being who we really have a hard time understanding. Through this Transfiguration, we can appreciate perhaps a bit better just how beautiful God is. This Jesus is the one we will spend all eternity with. He is the most excellent and lovable, and we await our special time with him in heaven.
Last week one of the inserts you received in the bulletin was about the need to go to confession regularly. I referenced this also in my homily last week. Lent is certainly a good time to take inventory of our moral lives and see where we are in a relationship with God. Getting into a regular habit of going to confession is essential. Remember asking God’s forgiveness is important, but it is necessary to do it in the right way. We come to God with humble and contrite hearts asking for his mercy in our lives. When we ask for God’s forgiveness, it is immediate, but the Sacrament of Reconciliation brings with it abundant graces. We do not receive these graces by just going to God on our own. Through the absolution given to us by a priest, we not only have our sins forgiven, but we receive the grace in our lives to help us in the future.
Jesus sends out his Apostles on a mission and says to them, “The sins you forgive are forgiven, and the sins you retain are retained.” Obviously, for Jesus, the forgiveness of sins was an important part of his ministry. Time and again during his apostolic endeavors, he comes in contact with people and forgives their sinfulness. In fact, many times, he forgives their sins before he heals them. It is important to trust God at these times. There should be no fear or hesitation. Priests are a representative of God; they do not remember your sins. Only God can forgive sins. Please take the time this Lent to seek out a priest and unburden yourselves.