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Sunday, January 26, 2003

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3rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Psalm 25
Mark 1:14-20

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going deep

"Repent and believe in the good news!" —Mark 1:15, our transl.

One of the most important questions in life is: "Have you repented?" Another critical question is: "How deeply have you repented?" Have we been baptized in, that is, immersed in repentance? (Mk 1:4) Is our repentance superficial or radical? Do we have contrition, that is, sorrow for our sins? (2 Cor 7:10) Has our repentance been expressed by our doing penance, especially by fasting? (see Jon 3:5) When we repented, did we "abandon our nets," that is, did we change our relationships and our lifestyle? (see Mk 1:18) Through repentance, have we taken responsibility for our part in the crucifixion and death of Jesus? (see Catechism, 598) In repenting, have we forgiven and given mercy to those who have sinned against us? Do we appreciate and celebrate more the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

There is an urgency to God's call to repent deeply. We may have only "forty days more" or less to repent (Jon 3:4), for "the time is running out" (1 Cor 7:29) and "the world in its present form is passing away" (1 Cor 7:31). Therefore, repent now; repent deeply.

Prayer:  Father, may I share in heaven's joy when I repent (Lk 15:7, 10).

Promise:  "Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men." —Mk 1:17

Praise:  "Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, my soul; I shall praise the Lord all my life, sing praise to my God while I live" (Ps 146:1-2).

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape on The Necessity of Confession for Renewal on audio AV 70-1 or video V-70.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend David L. Zink, June 12, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2002