It seems that we live in a time when many people reject the concept of personal sin. Some take the position that no matter what wrong we do, it is somehow the fault of someone or something else. Perhaps we had a difficult childhood. It could be that we have tragically lost loved ones. Maybe we feel that we are under-appreciated. As a result, the hurtful things that we do really aren’t our fault and therefore aren’t sin.
But is that true? In today’s first reading, John gives us the answer.
If we say, “We are without sin,”
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just
and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.
If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us.
Sin is real. We can’t slough it off on circumstance. When we confess and address our sin with humility before God, we are cleansed and made worthy of the promises of Christ.