In today's Gospel, Jesus proclaims in clear terms his message: "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” It is a clear call that requires a clear, not a half-hearted response to conversion.

True repentance is not just about being sorry for one's sins. Rather, it is "metanoia," a change or conversion of one's ways, lifestyle, priorities and values. It is the realization and grateful acceptance of God's unconditional forgiveness, and a decision to pay back the Lord for His goodness. Repentance is, in concrete, payback time!

Payback time happens when we finally realize that we are

living on borrowed time, and that we are just stewards, not owners, of our talents and possessions, and even of our very own lives. It is the acknowledgement that there is Someone greater than ourselves to whom we are accountable.

The pandemic, hopefully, has made us realize that love and reconciliation with God and with one another are things that truly matter. Life is fragile. Life is short. Anyone of us can go, anytime, and it happens fast. We must shift our focus from what is fleeting to what will truly matter in the end.

Lord remind me that payback time is not in the “last two" minutes of my lifetime. Amen

Fr. Dante


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