The middle school youth will define “sin” and “forgiveness.” They also will consider the lesson that the Lord’s Prayer conveys about forgiveness of sin.
Catholic doctrine teaches that God created humans with free will, and humans introduced sin into the world by choosing evil over good. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
The account of the fall in Genesis 3 uses figurative language, but affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place at the beginning of the history of man. Revelation gives us the certainty of faith that the whole of human history is marked by the original fault freely committed by our first parents. (390)
Sin therefore is part of the human condition: “To try to understand what sin is, one must first recognize the profound relation of man to God, for only in this relationship is the evil of sin unmasked in its true identity as humanity’s rejection of God and opposition to him” (386). In His mercy, God forgives sin and repairs our broken relationship with Him; however, we must play a role.
To receive his mercy, we must admit our faults. ‘If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ (CCC 1847)