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Monday Musing – Repentance

thywillIn the Gospel for this Monday after Epiphany (readings are here.) we hear this:

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
“Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

I don’t know about you, but for a large portion of my life, I associated repentance with all sorts of things like wearing the hairshirt or other practices of self-denial. Later I came to understand that repentance is more about understanding behavior and making a commitment to change. In the case of Jesus, we are transformed by his life if we follow him – at least we hope so – and thus we are changed. Our commitment to Christ is our commitment to a life of transformation and change.

This makes me think about how even as a church going Catholic, for many years I would have rolled my eye at the thought of “repenting.” Today, it is what I hope and pray for each day – all without the hairshirt!


5 Responses

  1. Repentance for me is feeling very sorry for what I did, realize that I am loved anyway, and turn my heart back toward Christ, with the profound desire to follow him. Until I fall again, and the process starts all over again…

  2. This statement really struck me: “Our commitment to Christ is our commitment to a life of transformation and change.” Imagine how different we would be and the world around us if we took that seriously. Thanks for that challenge.

  3. Repentane? Realising how ungrateful I have been in choosing something inferior to the love God offers me.

  4. In theology class, Msgr. Shannon taught us that to re-pent, was to change direction – pent as in pending, I think. That always made sense to me.

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