No confession

This past week, a hit in a hockey game in Montreal by Zdeno Chara left Max Pacioretty with a broken neck and a severe concussion. Since then, every sports pundit has weighed in: could Chara have foreseen that his hit could have terrible consequences? Did Chara’s past negative history with Pacioretty have anything to do with this? Some players insist that he would have known the potential for severe injury was present. What we do know is that Chara has not confessed that he had any intent to harm anyone. I’m sure, by this point, he has been advised by a lawyer not to confess to anything.

What would happen if Chara did confess? If he said, for example, “I made a mistake in judgement.” What would it have meant if Chara had come across the ice to see how Pacioretty was, when he was lying unconscious (some people even thought Pacioretty might be dead). What would the words “I’m so sorry” have meant if they were spoken on the ice? Maybe it’s hard to imagine that happening in NHL world. But what would be the right thing to do?  What would those words mean to Pacioretty’s parents who were watching in the stands?  What would they mean to Pacioretty as he lay in his hospital bed, knowing that his career is on hold for an indefinite period?

This week we are continuing a Lenten series on confession, and we’re talking about a man who wasn’t very quick at confessing. He waited until he was confronted with his crime before he finally admitted, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

We hope that our confessions come freely, as we confront our own sin. But unfortunately, too often we are blind, or we conveniently blind ourselves, to the sin we commit. You’ll hear about that in the sermon this Sunday. Can you guess which biblical story I’m preaching on?

This week’s prayer: Give us insight to offer confession freely, thank you for the people you bring into our lives who show us our sin.

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