At the cottage there is a dumpster for trash from the community. It's a little bit down the road and on my way to morning Mass. This morning I put the trash into my truck to drop off on my way. When I got to Mass, I realized the junk was still in the vehicle with me. Thankfully, not smelly!
It got me thinking, as quiet time is wont to do, about junk in the trunk, not only of my truck, but in my soul.
What kind of junk (sin) do I haul around with me? Thankfully, not as much as I used to, but unfortunately not as little as I'd like.
If we are honest with ourselves, we all have junk in our trunks.
Lack of faith
Lack of contrition
The list could stretch for miles. We all carry baggage. We don't need to, you know.
Our Lord, after His resurrection and prior to His ascension into heaven, left us the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation.
You can find all kinds of teaching online and from others who say that confession to a priest is not what Jesus meant when he breathed on the Apostles and told them, "Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, whose sins you retain are retained"(John 20:22-23). The Apostles understood and thus we have had this Sacrament since the very beginning of Christianity.
If it has been a long time since your last confession (or maybe you just feel the need) here is a helpful site: Fr. Ben Click on the link and when you get to the site, click on confession. Fr. Ben has a wonderful aid to life confession. Any priest should do this for you, but you may have to call and make an appointment because it will take a little longer than if you have been going regularly.
Jesus said, "there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance." Luke 15:7
Come Saturday, I will give heaven a little more joy and release from myself some more junk from my trunk. Join me?
Also, please remember to keep praying for Megan #amillionformegan