Scripture Reading: Proverbs 28:13

Our scripture reading says: “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy”. It is human na- ture to hide our sins or overlook our mistakes. But it is hard to learn from a mistake that you have not ac- knowledged. What good is a mistake if it does not teach you something? To learn from an error, there- fore, you need to admit it, analyse it and make adjust- ments so that it does not happen again.

Have you ever done something wrong and then tried to cover it up? There is something inside of us that think if we cover it up, no one will know and it will go away.

I have found that people are more willing to forgive your shortcomings when you are open and honest about them. But there is this voice in our heads that telling you that if they knew this about you, they would never talk to you.” When we listen to that voice, we choose to cover up our sins, failures and shortcomings which compound the problem. We know it does not work, but we try anyway thinking we might get away with it this time. The temptation to cover things up is such a challenge that it’s often more tempting than the temptation to sin. The problem is that sin covered up is unconfessed sin.

Proverbs 28:13 says, “If you cover up your sin you‘ll never do well. But if you confess your sins and forsake them, you will be kissed by mercy” (TPT). We confess our sins to God for forgiveness. We confess them to others for healing. We need to get better at showing people mercy for their confessed sins. That is the only way to break this cycle of covering up sins. We have all sinned and we all need mercy and grace from each other. Our Lord Jesus Christ said the mer- ciful will obtain mercy. Let mercy start with you today.

MASS: GREEN/WHITE; ST. Anthony Mary Claret, B. (OPT MEM); Eph 4:7-16; Ps 122:1-2.3-4ab.4cd- 5(R.1); Accl Ezek 33:11; Gospel Lk13:1-9

Prayer Points:

1. Thank God for His word today

2. Pray the Act of Contrition

3. O God, grant me the grace to judge myself as I should. You promised that if | judge myself you will not judge me. Fill my heart, Holy Father, with the virtue of humility and charity. In the Name of Jesus the Lord Amen.

4. Take the miracle prayer in DSD Section A

Exercise: Take the Prayer for a Merciful Heart in DSD section A. REMEMBER TO CONTINUE PRAY— ING THE ROSARY OF MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP IN DSD SECTION Afrom11th —31st Oct.

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Meditation: 1 John 1:9