(Day 3 of Novena Prayers to All Saints)
Scripture Reading: Acts 3:19
Imagine that you are driving down the highway. The map tells you to turn east at the next junction, but you accidentally turn west instead, you did not realize your mistake until after an hour in the wrong direction. It would make no sense to keep driving in the wrong direction because you will only end up going farther and farther from your right destination. You need to change direction. From the Biblical standpoint, you need to repent!
Repentance is a firm inward decision that results in an outward turning around to move in a completely different direction. It is a change of mind that involves turning to God and turning away from sin. You could think of it as an inward and outward U-turn.
Changing direction starts with realizing that you have been moving in the wrong direction – away from God. When you begin to make a relationship with God more important than anything else, your focus shifts and you make a U-turn towards God.
Matthew Kelly, in the “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic”, says, “Everything that happens in your life, every triumph, trial, and tragedy, is an opportunity to grow in holiness. When you work hard and pay attention to the details of your work, you grow in virtue and character—and holiness. When you are patient with your little sister or a customer who drives you crazy, you become more perfectly who God created you to be… When you develop a daily routine of prayer and practice it persistently, you develop a closer relationship with God—and you grow in holiness”.
Repentance is changing the direction of our heart and mind to seek God above our earthly desires and sin. We cannot follow both God and our sins at the same time. They are both in opposite directions. Repentance brings our focus to God and always produces fruit because our actions will follow our focus. Repentance and shifting our focus back to God also makes it easier to hear His voice and know where He is leading. When we repent, we change direction from chasing our sins and earthly things to chasing God and His heart.
MASS: GREEN Phil 3:3-8a; Ps 105:2-3.4-5.6-7(R.3b) Accl. Mt 11:28; Gospel Lk 15:1-10
- Loving Father, forgive me for my inability to be faithful to your commandments. And bless me with humility to repent with a sincere and contrite heart. Give me the strength to fight future temptations to sin and to avoid being exposed to occasions for sin. Give me the patience and perseverance to make amends in my life and be transformed as you will. All these I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
- Take the other Prayers of our Novena Prayers to All Saints as directed in DSD Section B
Exercise: Instead of saying no to God, like the Saints, say yes.
Meditation: Matthew 3:8