When you were a kid, did you ever lie to get out of trouble with your parents? I have. I would usually lie when I was afraid of what their reaction would be, or how much I might get in trouble. What normally ended up happening, was that my punishment would be way worse when my parents found out I lied, rather than just telling them the truth in the first place.
Sometimes this same fear comes back when I’m about to go to confession. I am afraid of what the priest will say, I’m afraid of how bad my sins sound, and I’m afraid of being judged for them. But after confession, I always feel better, and I laugh at myself for being so afraid. The grace I receive totally outweighs any fear I felt before going into the confessional. That thought keeps me coming back to the sacrament as often as I need it!
One of my favorite parts of the Prodigal Son parable, is that the father doesn’t bring any judgement onto his repentant son. He doesn’t mention a punishment, or how badly his son hurt him, or all the things he did wrong. Instead, he greets him with nothing but joyful and loving arms! In some ways, perhaps the father saw that his son had suffered enough from the consequences of his own actions, that he didn’t need to dole out any more punishment. (Don’t our sins usually send us our own punishment in the end?) His son had repented. Now was the time for love, reconciliation, and celebration!
Are you lost and wandering from your Father? Is fear keeping you from coming back to him?
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4 Ways to Take This Offline:
- Read the story of the Prodigal’s Son. Where do you see yourself in the story? As the lost and wandering son? As the forgiving father? Maybe as the jealous older brother?
- Commit to going to the Sacrament of Confession some time before Easter. Read local bulletins, look in your local Catholic newspaper, even ask your neighbors to find confession schedules! Chances are, you could go as early as tomorrow!
- When you decide to go to Confession, invite a friend to come with you.
- Have you been holding a grudge against someone? Ask God to help you forgive that person, and if you feel called to, do something kind for them.
About our Speaker:
PAUL J. KIM
International Youth Speaker | Performer | Beatboxer
Paul J. Kim is an International youth speaker, beatboxer, and comedian. He presents and performs full-time, sharing his passion for Jesus Christ and the New Evangelization via music, comedy, and inspirational talks. He has released two music albums entitled The World Sings (2013) and Run Fly Fall (2009), his videos on YouTube have accumulated over a million views, and he presents to over 50,000 people each year at Catholic events throughout the world.
His background includes a BA in Philosophy (Franciscan University), and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (Hope International University). In his free time, Paul enjoys long walks on the beach, making his wife and daughter laugh till they fall over, pointing out God’s sense of humor, and talking to strangers in random accents.