From time to time, some of us may have fallen and committed sin. It does not matter the sin is serious or not, but what is our response after the sin has been committed? Some of us may make effort to go for confession and do penance, so that our souls would remain as clean as possible. But there are also some who would try to deny committing such sins. Some even try to sweep it under the carpet and pretend that nothing had happened. But ultimately, we will be confronted with the sin committed in one way or another. When this happens, how would we respond? Would we eventually own up to the sin, seek forgiveness and move on? Or would we continue living in denial, with the possibility of committing even greater sins?
In today's reading, we see an example of how some people try to hide or destroy the
evidence of wrongdoing, and end up committing even worse offences. King David had committed the sin of adultery by sleeping with
another man's wife, causing Bathsheba to become pregnant. Then he tried
to hide the evidence by encouraging Uriah to go home and spend some time
with his wife Bathsheba, hoping that Uriah would later think that the
pregnancy was caused by him. When that failed, David got rid of Uriah
instead. From an already serious sin, king David blundered and committed other sins, and in the end even committed murder, another serious sin.
Today, if we realise that we have committed sin, let us not try to deny or hide the fact. We may think we can fool others, but we cannot fool God. Let us own up to our sins, seek forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, do penance, and move on. After all, there is really nothing to be proud of in committing sins, and may we be humble and willing to seek forgiveness and change our ways, while we have the opportunities to do so.