Is my child ready for First Reconciliation?
Happy New Year! May 2013 be filled with God’s many graces! This Sunday, January 6, we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. God’s love and mercy transcends borders, transforms boundaries; the aha moment that turns one’s thinking upside down. May this New Year be filled with aha moments of new insights and wisdom.
January 13 our Sunday SCORE reconvenes. [I’ve missed spending time with our little ones.] That same week, on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm You, the parents with your child will gather to discern your child’s readiness to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
You, as the parent, can only make the decision of when your child is ready to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation. You may ask, what do I look for when determining my child’s readiness to receive the sacrament? Below are a few questions for your reflection.
- Does your child understand that God’s merciful love and forgiveness are freely given? Reflecting on this question, as adults, do you believe that God will always forgive you?
- Does your child know the difference between a mistake and a sin?
- Can your child ask for and give forgiveness without a lot of prompting from you?
- Does your child express a desire to strengthen his/her relationship with God through the sacrament of Reconciliation? Can you sense an anticipation of receiving first Reconciliation? This is a new experience for your child, so there will be some apprehension; and that’s expected. Unlike the Eucharist, where they have actively worshipped with the community, many of the children may never have observed the sacrament of Reconciliation. A natural response to reception of the Sacrament is apprehension.
Do you have insights to share? I invite you to engage in our virtual conversation on our sundayscore blog to share your thoughts and questions on the readiness of our children. Feel free to COMMENT below. God’s wisdom is revealed through all of us.
The experience of reconciliation between siblings, parents, neighbors, friends is total gift, God’s grace stirring within, giving us the grace to say, “I am sorry.” “I ask for your forgiveness.” I often ponder the times when I have hurt another by my actions or words. It’s God’s grace gently nudging me to make amends, to say “I am sorry.” Perhaps, this is an opportunity for each one of us to renew our experience of God’s grace at work through the sacrament of Reconciliation. We all are in need of healing. I pray that as we prepare our children for the gift of God’s healing, we too may experience the profound insight, an aha moment of God’s infinite love and mercy freely given and shared, calling us to wholeness.