The two things look to be so closely related that we can see them as being of one piece: the people were baptized which meant they were confessing their sins; they confessed their sins which meant they were baptized.
Lord, some of us have not been baptized but we will be; when we are, give us the grace to confess our sins and give us the grace to know that in confessing them and in being swept by the water into your kingdom we find forgiveness and well-being.
Lord, some of us have been baptized but we need to recall and to relive the experience; when we do, give us the grace to remember that we in our baptism confessed our sins and found forgiveness and well-being and give us the grace to know that we still have ways that we need to turn toward you in confession and for forgiveness and well-being.
Baptism is confession; confession is baptism. May the honest confession and the humble admission that accompanies baptism always characterize our living.
“Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins” (Matthew 3:5-6)