21st January 2018, Third Sunday in Ordinary time Year B
The Call for Change and Repentance
The call to repentance cuts through many pages of the Sacred Scriptures. It is necessary that we understand the cry of God who invites us to conversion and to be His disciples. Our world, following the example of Nineveh, is in full development of diverse mentalities and ideologies that it is now difficult for us to distinguish Christ from the Antichrist. The Ninivites were led to conversion only by the words of Jonas and we have more than Jonas.
Jesus who appears after the departure of John to announce Gods Good News of Salvation also calls for a sincere repentance. It is better understood in the Greek word metanoia which literally means a change of mind. Repentance means that anyone who was in love with sin comes naturally to hate sin. In Jesus’ clarion call for repentance he calls those who are to work with him and be part of the mission’s team. Those he calls are very simple. He took ordinary men and with them he changed the world.
We have the Christ who says to us “follow me”. We should therefore give up our nets, give up our boats of comfort and make an option for Christ. Jesus calls us for a specific mission or role. Victor Frankle will insist that “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life”. The underlying factor in the call of Jesus is that we must be the change we want for the world. There is a need to convert the world, but we must convert ourselves. Briefly, we must give up our old ways, change our ways and believe in the Good News. In effect, it is a call for change and repentance.
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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