Help me understand the following:
I go to confession weekly. Why is it that many times right after confession, absolution and dismissal, Padre will ask me to help him out with something? Am I missing something here? I committed sin(s) and yes I’ve been forgiven and I am a “new creation in Christ.” I feel unworthy to “help out” after letting go of my weekly burden of sin.
Once I went to confession after a 2 week stretch and the very next day, at Mass, I was asked to assist at the Liturgy of the Word. This last go round at another parish, Padre asked me to restock the sacristy.
Is it the sacrament of Holy Orders and the power to forgive sins that gives our priests the grace to “overlook” frail, weak humanity and see the good in each soul? Are these little assignments an encouragement to grow in grace and avoid sin? I always thought you would leave penitents alone for awhile (days, weeks) after confession before tapping them for service in one post or another.
Am I wrong? Your feedback appreciated.