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The just will gaze on your face, O Lord. — Psalm 11:(see 7)
Mass Readings: Morning: Acts 28:16-20,30-31 /John 21:20-25
For as long as I can remember I’ve had mixed feelings about the sacrament of Reconciliation. Since the dark confessionals of childhood up to today’s bright, cheery and peaceful reconciliation rooms, I get nervous before receiving the sacrament, then feel so blessed and peaceful afterwards.
That must be why, when Jesus appeared to His disciples in the Upper Room on the evening of Easter, He twice said to them, “Peace be with you.” He then added: “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (Jn 20:22-23). Of course forgiveness of sins brings feelings of peace, as does making up after a quarrel with a spouse or a friend. So why do I often let my foolish pride keep me from seeking either one?
Prayer: Father, strengthen me and lead me to frequently seek the forgiveness of my sins.
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