“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Sirach 17:24-26

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TODAY’S WORD…

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But for those who changed their hearts and minds,

God granted a way back,

and He encouraged those who were abandoning hope.

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Turn back to the Lord
and leave sin behind;
offer prayers in His presence,
and reduce your offense.
Return to the Most High,
and turn from injustice,
and hate what He detests.

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– Sirach 17:24-26 (CEB)

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REFLECTION…

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We must all render an account to our Creator

yet, very often, our behaviour seems to indicate that we are pushing the Lord aside,

ignoring His commands and His warnings

as we satisfy our self-centred longings and selfish ego.

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But for those who changed their hearts and minds,

God granted a way back,

and He encouraged those who were abandoning hope.

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Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the sacrament of confession and reconciliation,

so that we can obtain forgiveness for our sins

and reconcile with God.

The sacrament “washes us clean,”

and renews us in Christ.

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Therefore, turn back to the Lord
and leave sin behind;
offer prayers in His presence,
and reduce your offense.
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Return to the Most High,
and turn from injustice,
and hate what He detests.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you put on the cloak of humility

and to lead you to participate in the beautiful sacrament of confession.

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This healing sacrament strengthens and fills us with peace and joy

and with relief and love,

which can only come from faithfully turning back

and drawing close to the Lord.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Holy Spirit, enlighten my mind for repentance

and fill me with the courage to confess my sins.

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