“If you do not repent, you will all perish…” There is a sense of urgency in these words of Jesus and we should pay attention and listen to Him. It seems that Jesus wants to strike fear in all our hearts – “…you will all perish as they did!” – but I think if we are not afraid of perishing without the grace of God’s forgiveness, then we are in big trouble.
Brothers and sisters during this season of Lent, let us produce the fruits that Jesus expects from us – repentance and deeper faith. In the parable of the barren fig tree, we can see that God gives us chances to change and bear fruits. Let us not take those chances for granted. Instead, let us take every opportunity to come back to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness every time we commit sin. Repentance should lead to changes in our way of life. If right now, entering the third week of Lent, we are not noticing changes in the way we live – in our thoughts, words, and actions – then we have to exert more efforts in bearing the fruit that Jesus wants from us. We have to consciously do something to achieve change because it will not happen without us doing our part.
Let us pray for each other, that we may all go through a deep change – that we may truly repent from our sins and have a deeper faith that is seen not only in our devotional acts, rituals, and spiritual exercises but in the life that we are living. Having devotional acts and rituals, having spiritual exercises are good but repentance should really lead to change in our way of life.
In Christ, Fr. Maro