Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kill the prophets; and stone them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou would not? (Lk13:34)
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that kill the prophets and stone them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou would not? (Mt23:37)
In the Eastern Rite Churches, the Priest while wearing his Black Vestments spreads his arms about his “children” (one by one) while each confess their sins underneath his wings. This confession demonstrates the extreme personal relationship the priest has with his flock, (like a mother hen), watchful and responsible for his & their spiritual health. What is it that we confess? Christ, of course, our sinfulness, when we disobey the Word of Jesus.
Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven. (Mt10:32-33)
CCC #1424 – Sacrament of Confession
1424 It is called the sacrament of confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgment and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man. It is called the sacrament of forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.” 6
THIS IS DIVINE MERCY
It is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the life of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.” 7 “Our mouth is open to you, O ye Corinthians: our heart is enlarged.” (1cor6:11) He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.” 8 “Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother, and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift.” (Mt5:24) [see CCC Chapter Two Article 1-4 #1420-1499] ……
The Church granted the Authority from Jesus: Peter is named Shepherd:
Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. (Mt16:16-19)
And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven. (Mt18:17-18)
Jesus Institutes forgiveness of sins …. “And Jesus,
seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: Be of good heart, son, thy sins are forgiven thee. And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: He blaspheme. And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: Why do you think evil in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee: or to say, Arise, and walk?
But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,” (Mt9:2-6)
[Q. Where is that POWER? A. “On EARTH”]
Then after he had washed their feet and taken his garments, being set down again, he said to them: Know you what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord. And you say well: for so I am. “If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also.” (Jn13:13-14)
Again, one week after the Resurrection Jesus, in the upper room says, Speaking to his Apostles.
“And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore, were glad, when they saw the Lord. He said therefore to them again: “Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (Jn20:20-23).
It is fundamental to note, that in our Scripture records, Jesus speaks privately with His chosen Apostles about “binding and loosening”, not when He is out in the fields or on the Temple grounds before all the crowds, ( as He does in the parables). Except when he told them He, “Son of Man” had the power to forgive sins, known to the Jew as Only God.
Q. WHAT is this POWER? A. The POWER of BINDING & LOOSENING
You think you needn’t be Forgiven? You are Baptized? When?
Then tell me, why does Jesus make these three separate pronouncements to His apostles? Once when he states, “I will build my Church”and then when he appears to the Apostles after His resurrection? When Luther & ALL the rest tell you, “Just give them up to the one Mediator, in heaven, pray, give them up, convince yourself, then tell yourself you are forgiven? So who should you listen to?, the Word of God (Jesus), or blind men, “thieves and robbers?” (1), like Luther, Smyth, Smith, Parham, Dilliard, or Monalo? [(1) St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies Book 3 Chapter 4 ” the Truth is to be found nowhere else BUT in the Catholic Church, all the rest are thieves and robbers. 200AD]
What is the point then of Jesus in scripture, saying, the “Son of Man has Authority to forgive Sin?” The apostles and the Church know why! Jesus told them, and these then “handed this POWER down through His Holy Church! Why does Paul say, ” But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation . (2Cor5:18)? “Given to us, the ministry?”
For it hath been signified unto me, my brethren, of you, by them that are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.(1Cor6:11)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1Jn1:8)
He that know his brother to sin a sin which is not to death, let him ask: and life shall be given to him who sin not to death. There is a sin unto death. For that I say not that any man ask. All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death. (1Jn5:16-17)
The Word of God (Jesus/ Scripture) & His Church proclaim & “BIND” you differently!
And you suppose because “thieves and robber”(1), men like – Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, King Henry VIII, (wife killer of 7) Russel, Rutheford, John Smyth, Stearns, Williams, W. Booth, Jo Smith, Bring’em Young, W. Miller, Irving, Parham, Edgar Dilliard, Felix Y. Manalo,
and possibly 48,990+ others dispute His Church Authority? NO! Gee, that might be why each eliminate this doctrine, so the collections keep rolling in. As with Divorce, even allowing 2 wives simultaneously, as Luther and Calvin re-instituting under the Abramic scriptures, as if Pre-Mosaic Law was in effect, for some of the nobility.
ALL in defiance to Jesus the Christ Word! & His Catholic Church teachings:
[(Mal2:14-16); (Mt5:32-33);(Mt19:4-6,9); (M10:11-12);(Lk16:18); (Rom7:2-3) & (1Cor7:10-11)]. Did you Miss ALL these verses toooo? Or do you think those robbers of men since the 16th century were chosen high priests by Jesus, Satan, Or the son of Man?
So therefore Reconcile yourself to God and His Church make a good confession, and be reconciled with your sins “absolved” by Jesus through Our priests’ “in persona christi”, ordained for life for Jesus. Hear those words of forgiveness, and TRY your best to sin NO more.
City includes a 3/19/2019 St Joseph’s Feast day Post.
Enchiridion Faith, Hope & Charity (# Day 9) #64-66
Chapter 64. Pardon of Sin Extends Over the Whole Mortal Life of the Saints, Which, Though Free from Crime, is Not Free from Sin.
But the angels even now are at peace with us when our sins are pardoned. Hence, in the order of the Creed, after the mention of the Holy Church is placed the remission of sins. For it is by this that the Church on earth stands: it is through this that what had been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. For, setting aside the grace of baptism, which is given as an antidote to original sin, so that what our birth imposes upon us, our new birth relieves us from (this grace, however, takes away all the actual sins also that have been committed in thought, word, and deed): setting aside, then, this great act of favor, whence commences man’s restoration, and in which all our guilt, both original and actual, is washed away, the rest of our life from the time that we have the use of reason provides constant occasion for the remission of sins, however great may be our advance in righteousness. For the sons of God, as long as they live in this body of death, are in conflict with death. And although it is truly said of them, As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God, yet they are led by the Spirit of God, and as the sons of God advance towards God under this drawback, that they are led also by their own spirit, weighted as it is by the corruptible body; and that, as the sons of men, under the influence of human affections, they fall back to their old level, and so sin. There is a difference, however. For although every crime is a sin, every sin is not a crime. And so we say that the life of holy men, as long as they remain in this mortal body, may be found without crime; but, as the Apostle John says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1Jn 1:8)
Chapter 65. God Pardons Sins, But on Condition of Penitence, Certain Times for Which Have Been Fixed by the Law of the Church.
But even crimes themselves, however great, may be remitted in the Holy Church; and the mercy of God is never to be despaired of by men who truly repent, each according to the measure of his sin. And in the act of repentance, where a crime has been committed of such a nature as to cut off the sinner from the body of Christ, we are not to take account so much of the measure of time as of the measure of sorrow; for a broken and a contrite heart God does not despise. But as the grief of one heart is frequently hid from another, and is not made know to others by words or other signs, when it is manifest to Him of whom it is said, My groaning is not hid from You, those who govern the Church have rightly appointed times of penitence, that the Church in which the sins are remitted may be satisfied; and outside the Church sins are not remitted. For the Church alone has received the pledge of the Holy Ghost, without which there is no remission of sins— such, at least, as brings the pardoned to eternal life.
Chapter 66. The Pardon of Sin Has Reference Chiefly to the Future Judgment.
Now the pardon of sin has reference chiefly to the future judgment. For, as far as this life is concerned, the saying of Scripture holds good: A heavy yoke is upon the sons of Adam, from the day that they go out of their mother’s womb, till the day that they return to the mother of all things. So that we see even infants, after baptism and regeneration, suffering from the infliction of various evils: and thus we are given to understand, that all that is set forth in the sacraments of salvation refers rather to the hope of future good, than to the retaining or attaining of present blessings. For many sins seem in this world to be overlooked and visited with no punishment, whose punishment is reserved for the future (for it is not in vain that the day when Christ shall come as Judge of quick and dead is peculiarly named the day of judgment); just as, on the other hand, many sins are punished in this life, which nevertheless are pardoned, and shall bring down no punishment in the future life. Accordingly, in reference to certain temporal punishments, which in this life are visited upon sinners, the apostle, addressing those whose sins are blotted out, and not reserved for the final judgment, says: For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
(*) Reprinted from CityofGod.blog.[ St Josephs Feast day 3/19/2019]