Today's gospel begins with a great encouragement from our Lord to spend time with him in scripture. "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31) We see a correlation between being a disciple of Jesus and knowing the truth. We cannot forget that Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life.
Jesus wants us to come to know him in scripture so we stay away from sin, it is sin that enslaves all of us and makes a shell of our former selves. Sin can not only lead us to greater sin, it can blind us from the truth, close us off to greater graces from God through the sacraments.
Confession gives us the key to unlock the ball and chain sin put on us and set us back on a path to discipleship and truth. Know God the father wants us to love him and his son, for it is the only way to return to him when our time on this earth is up.