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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 21, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, October 21

Psalm 38:18 I will confess my iniquity and be sorry for my sin.

Is confession becoming a lost art? We seem to have lost the ability or willingness to be vulnerable—before God and others—or with ourselves. We don’t seem to recognize the value of opening our hearts and souls to God’s great grace.

This doesn’t mean we don’t frequently say, “I’m sorry.” I grew up internalizing the need to apologize for everything. When we were first married, I said the words to my husband all the time, about everything, regardless of whether I had power or agency over what had happened. It drove him crazy.

The word iniquity means gross injustice or a wicked act. Today we seem to apologize and ask forgiveness for all sorts of petty things. Instead, we need to confess the much greater sins to which we are blind because they have become socially acceptable—like using more than our share of earth’s resources or treating others as anything less than beloved children of God.

MOVING FORWARD: Between now and Advent, talk to your priest, spiritual director, or other religious leader and schedule a time for Reconciliation of a Penitent, sometimes called the sacrament of confession.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Newcastle (England) and Ankole (Uganda)

Ps 38 * 119:25-48 | Ecclesiasticus 7:4-14 | Revelation 8:1-13 | Luke 10:17-24

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