JESUS SAYS: “REPENT!”

“…heed the Spirit’s word to the churches.” –Revelation 3:22

Mass Readings: November 15
First: Revelation 3:1-6,14-22; Resp: Psalm 15:2-5; Gospel: Luke 19:1-10

In His seven letters to the churches in chapters 2-3 of Revelation, Jesus uses the word “repent” seven times. When’s the last time you wrote a letter that mentioned the word “repent” even once, much less seven times? Since Jesus is the same today as He was two-thousand years ago (Heb 13:8), He surely wants churches and individuals to make repentance a top priority.

There are 168 hours in a week. It’s not uncommon for parishes to schedule an hour or less weekly for Confession. That’s less than one percent of the time in a week devoted to repentance. It’s likely that, in some parishes, more time is spent each week emptying the trash than hearing Confessions. If Jesus looked at the weekly allocation of time in our churches, would He conclude that our churches place a higher priority on clean facilities than on clean souls? It’s unlikely that He’d be satisfied with any excuse we’d proffer, when He Himself poured out His life to seek and save the lost (Lk 19:10).

There are 365 days in a year. One percent of this is three days. How many Catholics went to Confession three times this past year? If individual Catholics placed a high priority on repentance and Confession, they would find a way to increase the hours for Confessions, even if it meant having more children and fostering vocations so there would be more priests to hear Confessions.

Jesus promised that if we’d seek repentance and conversion, we would get it (see Mt 7:7-8). Jesus says this to the churches: “Be earnest about it, therefore. Repent!” (Rv 3:19)

PRAYER: Jesus, You devoted Your entire life to conversion and repentance. As Your disciple, I commit myself to do the same.

PROMISE: “Today salvation has come to this house.” –Lk 19:9

PRAISE: St. Albert saw no conflict between science and religion. He sought knowledge to “build up the souls of others with it.”

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