REPENTANCE IS NOT ONE TIME ACTIVITY BUT A CONTINUOUS PROCESS… By: Ivan Rodrigues.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 27, 2020
Today’s Readings:

Ezekiel 18:25-28
Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32
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USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
bible.usccb.org/podcasts/audio/2020-09-27

But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,
he does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Repentance is such a powerful weapon or action in a Human Being that he does not require anything else for his Salvation or eternal life. Repentance brings God face to face and we do not require to do anything else but to Worship him. If we do not repent in our life , whatever we do in our life, it is a big waste, or like a building a Tower without a foundation, or life of Hypocrisy. If a person does not do anything in his life but carries a repentant heart, acknowledging his sins and walking in the path of Christ then he or she will reach to the eternal way of Heaven.

Sin is the route cause of every Evil or bad news of this World. If something goes wrong in our life or family we must first sit in silence and examine our life how we have offended the Lord in our rebelliousness, and take a decision to go back to the Commandments of love and make peace with him and live in that decision.

Pandemic of Covid is the consequence of the Sins of the World, if each and every person in this World turns away from their Wickedness and accepts the Commandment of love and forgiveness , then in a moment this pandemic will vanish from this World. There is no doubt that this Pandemic is the consequence of our Sins and if we repent, Gods mercy will flow and healing and deliverance will be in a fraction of time because this is one activity , when Man repents, his Sins disappear and the block or bondage is cleared and the mercy gushes forth from the Heart of Jesus and heals the World. A World Repentance Day must be observed by the Church and a day of fasting and abstinence must be observed for the Sins of the World by repenting our own sins first and a general absolution given by the Head of the Church as a sign of forgiveness. This is the spiritual way of healing and deliverance.

Daily Examination of Conscience with Repentance at the end of the day is first and foremost importance of the family prayer. The devotions like Rosary, intercession, personal Prayer, Eucharistic adoration, Praise and Worship make sense only when we are in the presence and fellowship of God. If we are not right with God, all our devotions are a big waste because we are connected with God and try to talk to him. It is like talking to a person on the phone without connection or without listening to his voice from other end.

Many a time we think that we are saints but our holiness can not be evaluated by our commitments but we need to be connected to Gods mercy. The best way to know how far we are from his presence is to listen to him and not to pray or in adoration. If we can listen to his voice in our life , we can be sure that we are connected with him and then we can adore him, intercede with him and put our petitions before him.( I keep a diary and write every day What he said to me. Some days he does not talk , immediately I examine my Conscience and search my heart if there is any Sin or forgiveness in my life and ask his forgiveness for the offence. When I go through this process , immediately I can listen to him talking many things louder than before ).

Jesus came in to this World to proclaim the Gospel of Repentance , Jesus started his ministry saying repent and believe in the good news . Repentance is everyday process and not a one time activity in life time. We read Saints life repenting their Sins 5 to 7 times a day. There is no guarantee of a saint will not fall in to mortal Sin tomorrow and loose the grace of God. Repentance is a continuous process of our life which begins with our Baptism till the last breath of our death. What is important is to possess a heart of repentance . Repentance is an act of humility , love , poor in Spirit, Spiritual poverty so on which keeps away Pride , self righteousness, Hypocrisy, rebelliousness away from our life.

We see in today’s readings Jesus picked the teachers of the Law and exposed their Hypocrisy. These readings apply every individual today and exposes our life before his presence. Repentant Heart cultivates true love and this love of God keeps us in his presence in our daily life. Let us live with him in love and forgiveness.

Prayer : Lord give me a repentant heart and do not take Holyspirit from me.Amen.

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