WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK : 27th March 2024

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Dear Lord, have mercy on us, for we have sinned

WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK : 27th March 2024

Is 50:4-9; Ps 68:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Mt 26:14-25 (Ps. Wk. II)

Reparation is one necessary act of Lent. Yet one of the concerns that frequently bothers people not to avail themselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation is, “I don’t know what to confess because I don’t think I committed any sin.” However, like it or not, all of us will commit some kind of sin (Romans 3:23). If we recite the “I Confess” prayerfully, we can see that we always commit something, either consciously or unconsciously, because even with our thoughts, we are sinning.

For many of us, our understanding of sin is the act of wrongdoing but what we don’t realise is that even our intentions are already counted as sin. And this happened to Judas Iscariot. Whatever his motivations were, the fact that he intended to betray Jesus was a grave sin. Denying the fact blatantly makes it worse.

In the season of Lent, more so now that we are in Holy Week journeying towards the Passion of Christ, let us continue to examine ourselves more closely, not just our actions but our thoughts and intentions as well. We need to be truly honest and courageous enough to admit that we have fallen in some ways. Proudly saying “I did not commit any sin” indicates we have committed the biggest sin of all – the sin of denial.

Dear Lord, have mercy on us, for we have sinned.

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