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Now is the acceptable time

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Repentance means a turning away from sin and turning towards God. A real change of heart is necessary for all of us.

NOW IS THE ACCEPTABLE TIME
Repentance means a turning away from sin and turning towards God. A real change of heart is necessary for all of us.  
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
When Joel spoke the prophecy we heard in the First Reading, the people were suffering from great plague of locusts, which was destroying crops. The prophet saw the plague not only as a punishment for sin, but also as a warning that God would come one day in judgment. He therefore called the people to repentance - all the people without exceptions, the old, the young, the newly married, and even the priests and ministers of the Church.
 
Century's later St. Paul, in writing to his converts at Corinth, proclaimed the same message of need for repentance. In his message there was a sense of urgency. "Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation."
 
On this Ash Wednesday the Church once again calls us to repentance by means of the ceremony of the ashes. This call is meant for all of us without exceptions, for the ashes remind us, first, of our human weakness. No matter what we may be, no matter how good we may think we are, because of our weakness we have been guilty of sin and need repentance.
 
Let's give our life in Christ serious attention, time, and effort, during the next 40 days. God will re-create us in the resurrection so what we make of this life, with God's help, is all-important, and well worth the effort.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: Repentance means a turning away from sin and turning towards God. A real change of heart is necessary for all of us. In the scriptures you will hear that it is God's will is for each of us to practice repentance.
 
 
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