“Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.” (Mt 11:20).

To encounter Jesus is to be invited to change. Jesus shines the light of his love and mercy into the darkness of our own fallen nature, where we are wounded, sinful, and broken. He invites us to repentance, healing, and reconciliation. A wonderful invitation, but why would we turn away? The light is too bright.

Facing our own darkness and brokenness is not easy and can be frightening as well as intimidating. That is why we are so vulnerable to temptation and distraction. We are not able to sit still because we want to keep moving so as not to face the fear and pain, nor let go of our false senses of security and the glitter of apparent goods.

May we pray for one another and be present to one another, that we can embrace the light of Christ, be willing to change, to repent: to turn back to God. God loves us more than we can ever mess up. Jesus loves us more than we can ever imagine. Jesus’ arms are wide open to receive us in the midst of our pain and brokenness, but we must be willing to stop running from the pain and experience it to feel his loving embrace. The God of Jesus Christ, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is our source, our security, our refuge, our hope, and our fulfillment and when we trust him, he will lead us to all that is Good, True, and Beautiful.

“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).


Photo: Morning sunrise, a good day to begin again.

Link for the Mass readings for Tuesday, July 17, 2018:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071718.cfm

2 thoughts on “May we be willing to repent and believe in the Gospel.

  1. How true it is that I scurry about, piling commitments after obligations (all worthwhile BTW) upon myself in order to avoid being still. The fear of evaporating if I cease activity has controlled me for decades. Add to the fear of evaporation, the fear of feeling pain, abandonment, unloved, and rejected, and one has a lifetime of productivity but little experience of calm. I have found the 31 day July series “Jesuits in Britain” extremely helpful with daily meditative exercise. Walking alone uniting my soul with creation is another. As for meeting a personal God, I’m not “there” yet.

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    • That is the challenge! Even in doing good and with so much that needs to be done, we can get so caught up in doing that we forget who we are actually doing for. An analogy that has helped me is the person cutting down a tree with an axe. The person can hack away with great strength and determination, but from time to time needs to stop and sharpen the blade. In stopping to sharpen the blade, more can get done in less time.
      By stopping to spend time with God, we are not wasting time, we come to know him, his will, be renewed, healed from our wounds and fears, such that we are truly working for him and not our own ego, and he will give us the strength and that which we need to accomplish the tasks he gives us!

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