During Advent we are invited to do something similar spiritually. At Christmas we celebrate three comings of Christ: we commemorate and celebrate the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem and we look forward to the second coming of Christ, Universal King, at the end of time, but there is a third coming of Christ and that is the coming of Christ into our hearts every day. If we were to look at our hearts today, what would we need to change? Would we like to do a little spiritual Christmas clean to welcome Jesus with joy?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, along with the Sacrament of the Sick, are the Sacraments of Healing. They are beautiful Sacraments given by Christ to His Church because He knew that we would get hurt and bruised along the way. He knew we would need His grace and love and mercy to start again. If you haven't been to this sacrament in a while, here is a really simple video on why it is important and what happens during the sacrament:
|Pope Francis attending the Sacrament of Reconciliation before leading a penitential liturgy (March 28 2014)|