3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
19 Jan 2018

Jesus begins his preaching by calling on people to repent and embrace the Good News. The call to repentance connects his preaching with that of John, the Baptist. If the Ninevites responded so fully to the preaching of Jonah, how much more fully should we respond to the preaching of Jesus. The essence of Jesus’ mission was to bring sinners back to God. Repentance involves a new way of living. Here the change is not necessarily that drastic or that radical. The change may be from a life that is selfish to a more loving and caring life. Repentance, rather than being seen as a negative thing, can be a positive thing and always leads to joy. It means to be delivered from slavery to sin so as to live in the glorious freedom of the children of God. But this new life involves a journey of growth and development, and a struggle in which the victory is never achieved completely. To repent means to be converted. Conversion is the starting point of every spiritual journey. But unless we repent we can’t hear the good news.