Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time ‘a’
It is always a challenge to approach the sacrament of reconciliation and admit our sinfulness. However, I think that what usually holds us away or makes us want to postpone this sacrament of forgiveness is the fact that it requires from us a conversion of heart, a promise to avoid sin and temptations, to live a holy and good life. And we all know how difficult that is. Some might even think -- No, I am not ready to confess because it is too difficult for me to change my current way of living, it is easier to live in sin, without any challenges. I think that’s what happened to those people form the territory of the Gerasenes. After Jesus freed the possessed man from an unclean spirit and made it enter the herd of swine, many of those who saw that “were seized with fear. Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened to the possessed man and to the swine. Then they began to beg him to leave their district.” They were not ready for Christ, for conversion, and for rejection of evil. They were too comfortable living the way they did, without any challenges. Accepting Jesus requires a conversion and a rejection of sin, and that’s why this is still too difficult for many.