The Sacrament of Reconciliation offers a face to face encounter with the love and forgiveness of God. Who would pass such an opportunity by? Reconciliation which is often called "Confession," is the sign of God's continuing love and forgiveness.
When Christians commit themselves to Christ it does not mean they will never turn away from Him by sin. Catholics recognize their own weakness and their continuing need.for conversion. Conversion literally means to turn toward. Jesus calls for all Christians to continuously turn to him, to continuously be converted. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a powerful way to turn to God, to convert and thereby be reconciled to our loving God.
Reconciliation enables us to be reconciled to God, community, and self when we have fallen away by sin, for when we sin we alienate ourselves from God, our community, and ultimately from our very selves. We alienate ourselves from ourselves because through sin we are not becoming all that we are created to become. We are created in love and for love.
Furthermore, when sinners are truly sorry for their sins, confess them in the Sacrament of reconciliation, and resolve to amend their lives, they are assured of God's forgiveness through the ministry of the Church which is present in the priest.
Biblical Foundations for Reconciliation
Mk 2:16-17 "I have come to call sinners. . .
Lk 7:47-50 Mary Magdalen
Lk 19:7-10 Zacchcus
Christ's continued ministry in the Church
Jn 16:1-8 Coming to the Paraclete
Mt 16:13-19 Keys of the Kingdom
Jn 20:19-23 Commissioning the Church
Acts 9:1-5 Saul's conversion
Early Church ministry to post-baptismal sin
Mt 18:15-18 Fraternal connection/Church authority
2 Thes: 2.6, 14-15 Excommunication
I Tim 1:19-20 Ostracization
Reconciliation before Holy Communion
Mk 11:25 "When you pray, forgive. . .
Mk 5:23-24 "If you bring your gift.. .
1 Cor 5:3-5; 6:9-10 ;Gal 5:19-20; Eph 5:5; 1 Tim 1:19-21