In our first reading, God gives to Moses the Ten Commandments. These Ten laws of God are a Law of love. In the Gospel Jesus casts out of the Temple those who profaned the Holy Place. The love of God was not in their hearts. We must ask ourselves, what in our hearts, in our lives breaks the Law of God, what does Jesus need to cast out of our hearts?
To reflect and prepare for confession here is an Examination of conscience:
I. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have false gods before me.
Have I put money, popularity, material things, sports or any other good above my
relationship with God?
Have I tried to turn away from a vocation to which I think God might be calling me? Have I despaired of God’s help or provision for me in my times of need?
Have I presumed that God would forgive me when I decided to do something sinful? Have I used things that are superstitious, occult, or related to witchcraft?
II. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have I used the name of the Lord in vain, or in any other way used it improperly? Have I made false oaths or failed to keep a promise made in God’s sight?
Have I disrespected the holiness of God and/or of persons or things that are specially associated with God (like priests, sacred objects, the parish buildings, etc.)?
III. You shall keep holy the Sabbath day.
Have I failed through my own fault to not worship God on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation by attending Mass?
Have I made an effort to keep Sunday holy by spending time with my family, spending extra time in prayer or in charitable activities, resting from the work of the week?
Do I make an effort to pray regularly and attentively throughout the week?
You shall honor your father and your mother.
Have I been respectful of my parents (and step-parents, grandparents or other family members)?
Have I been respectful of my teachers and others in authority over me?
V. You shall not kill.
Have I done damage to someone’s reputation or well being in any way?
Have I done damage to myself through drugs, alcohol or other self-destructive behavior? Have I hoped that bad things would happen to someone else?
Have I been a bad example to anyone else (especially younger people) that might have made them fall into sin themselves?
Have I ever been a part of, in any way, the taking of human life through
abortion, euthanasia or other threats to human life?
VI and IX. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse.
Have I been impure with myself and/or with someone else?
Have I pursued and sought out lustful thoughts on my own or through reading/watching impure materials in books, on the internet, on TV?
VII and X. You shall not steal. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Have I respected the property of others, both in my family and outside of it? Have I been unhappy with the blessings that God has given me and been jealous of another?
Have I tried to get the things, clothes, etc. that I see others having/wearing, just because they have them? Am I sinfully jealous of what others have?
VIII. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I told lies?
Have I gossiped?
Have I told others of someone else’s faults without serious reason to do so?
Remember the Lord wants us to live in love and to be free, do not be afraid to bring your sins to the Lord in Confession.
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona