This was originally written for our Facebook followers a day to Christmas (2013), hence the ” receiving Jesus tomorrow”
I am sure you have prepared yourself to receive Jesus in the Eucharist tomorrow. But i do not think receiving him tomorrow ONLY is enough, it is STAYING with him.
Whenever you go for confession bearing in mind you JUST WANT TO RECEIVE COMMUNION FOR A WHILE, you “Cheat” on God whom you should love. You simply “rob” him and run; you approach him with the plans of hurting him later on. This is NOT CONTRITION, this is DEATH !
Going to Jesus because we want to ALWAYS BE WITH HIM is the one and ONLY way to receive him worthily. You cannot plan to sin against the Lord whom you claim in your prayers (Act of love) to love “Above all” and “Never to sin again” and still nurture the plans of hurting him even while kneeling to receive Penance or the Eucharist. This is fraud and a big sin on our part.
Jesus wants those who are sincere “Father, i have sinned” and they mean “Father, i have sinned against you, i am sorry, I DO NOT WANT TO SIN AGAINST YOU ANYMORE” and not “Father, i have sinned, forgive me today, i want to sin tomorrow, i hope your mercy will remain for me then”.
No matter how many times the priest says “I Absolve you”, you have not been forgiven, instead you may be guilty of even greater sin, that of “Lying to the Holy Spirit” and deserving of “death” which is portrayed in St Peter’s encounter with Ananias, and his wife Sapphira (Acts 5). (not physical death, but committing a sin against the Holy Spirit).
Prepare your self, but NEVER APPROACH Jesus in the Sacraments if you are not sincere. If you are suffering from a sinful habit , COME ! Jesus will heal you, but never lie or try to trick him by planning sins ahead or living with instruments of sin or sinful companions.
If you go for confession today and sin tomorrow, go back to the confessional, keep struggling against sin, Jesus will always help you, forgiving and helping you up every time, but NEVER LIE about it, admit your guilt, repent sincerely, and Jesus will make you new !
Lord, from time to time you stretch out a hand of friendship, of forgiveness, or love, of peace: help me that i may respond properly; reciprocating your love in my daily life, and through your mercy, merit to dwell with you eternally in heaven, where i shall see you as you truly are, unveiled and burning with love for me. Amen.