Another metaphor of Confession that I saw some years back is in a short (music) video of a girl whose body (clothed, of course) gradually became dirty with sins — literally.
The words “pride”, “envy”, and others, were appearing on her face and body one by one, until she was barely recognizable. Distraught, she takes a cool wash at the sink. The tattoo-looking words (henna?) slid off her skin and into the drain.
Yes, Confession is like taking a bath. You remember the water (along with blood) that flowed out of Jesus’ heart when he was hanging on the Cross (John 19:34)? The Church has always seen it as the symbol of the life that Christ brings to everyone through the Sacraments. But we can also look at it as the symbol of his mercy that washes away our sins. It’s the same water that flowed out of that girl’s faucet.
We wash our hands before enjoying a meal. Let’s wash our souls in Confession to enjoy God’s grace!
(Dang, I still can’t find the vid — sorry — it was on YouTube!)