Session THREE: Your First Reconciliation
Great Moments in Life
Life is full of great moments. When you were born, that was a great moment. Christmas, Easter, feast days, and birthdays are all great moments. The first time you score a goal in soccer is a great moment. The day you graduate from college is a great moment. Getting your first job is a great moment. Discovering your vocation is a great moment.
Ordinary moments can be great too — like a beautiful sunset, a fabulous meal with family, or meeting a new friend. Your First Reconciliation is going to be one of the great moments of your life.
Watch a Two-Minute Video on the Sacrament
The Garden of Your Heart
The garden in this story is your heart. The beautiful flowers in the garden are the love you carry in your heart for God and for your family and friends. Every time you make a good choice, the garden becomes even more beautiful. Every time you help a friend or a stranger, a flower blooms. Each time you choose to listen to your parents, the grass gets a little bit greener. But every time you push someone on the playground or cut in front of someone at the drinking fountain, a weed grows in your garden. And each time you tell a lie or say a bad word, the thornbush begins to grow.
Jesus is the gardener. He wants to live in your heart. He loves walking in your garden, enjoying the beauty of your heart. He also wants to remove all the weeds and thornbushes from your garden. The weeds are the small sins; the thornbushes are your big sins. If you don’t get rid of the weeds and thornbushes as soon as they start to grow, they can spread very quickly and take over the whole garden.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we invite Jesus the gardener to come into the garden of our hearts and remove all the weeds and thornbushes.
Now watch the following video called The Garden of Your Heart