In preparation to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, people use one of many available examinations-of-conscience guides. I think a lot of them are based on the 10 Commandments – something we heard about in the first reading today. The guides are just that, a guide. How one uses them is another matter. I think too often the guides are used as a checklist rather than a gateway to a deeper reflection about the points and places in our lives that are in need to forgiveness, mercy and God’s grace. I wonder if today’s gospel might be a better model for examining our lives.