The rite and symbolism of reconciliation
The Church teaches that the Sacament of Reconciliation was instituted by Jesus when he showed himslef to his Apostles after he had risen from the dead.
Preperation - Reading scipture and silent prayer
The sign of cross and blessing- Focuses on the love of God
Confession 'bless me father for I have sinned...' - Examining conscience and accepting resonsibility
Penance - Requirement for the person to do something such as further prayer
Contrition - Means being genuinely sorry for sins and being determined not to sin again- a change of heart
Absolution - God has forgiven the sinner
The Church teaches that confession offers people a chance to be reconciled to themselves, to others, to the Church and to God, and gives them peace and new life.
Parable of the Good Samaritan
Samaritans: the samaritans were mixed race Jews who regarded other Jews as their enemies
The parable challenges Christians to consider how they look upon others in society and calls for them to respond to those in need, particularly the disadvantaged.
Interpreations include: loving God and your neighbour is at the centre of what it means to be a christian; being a christians demands actions not just beliefs and Christians have a duty to help the disadvantaged.
A christian might:
- become involved in organisations dedicated to supporting disadvantaged and discriminated against members of society
- install a wheelchair ramp at the Chruch
- make sure Christians from all backgrounds are welcomed into the Church
Forgiveness VS Punishment
Retribution: to 'get your own back' on the criminal, 'an eye for an eye'
Deterrence: to put others off committing crimes, community service
Protection: to stop the criminal hurting anyone in society
Reformation: to change someone's behaviour for the better