“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 temptations, distractions, and diversions. We are not able to sit still because we want to keep moving so as not to face our fear and pain, nor let go of our false senses of security, control, and the glitter of apparent goods.
Jesus invites us today to enter into his stillness and silence where we can hear the word of his Father and experience the love of the Holy Spirit. In the silence, we come to encounter the choice to change our hearts and minds, to repent: to turn away from our sin and back to God.
God loves us more than we can ever mess up, more than we can ever imagine, and he does not define us by our worst mistakes. Jesus’ arms are wide open to receive us in the midst of our brokenness, pain, and sin, but we must be willing to stop running and be still long enough to experience and feel his forgiving, loving and healing embrace. Once doing so, we are then to offer the same to others.
“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 for repentance, forgiveness and to begin again.