“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

Christ speaks these words to us at the beginning of his earthly ministry. It’s the task for all of us. Because of our fallenness, the return to our heavenly home requires a process of repenting of our sins and converting our hearts furthermore to God.

And, this isn’t simply a lifelong process, but a daily one. The catechism gives us a beautiful and challenging description of how we can convert our hearts daily.

Conversion is accomplished in daily life by gestures of reconciliation, concern for the poor, the exercise and defense of justice and right, by the admission of faults to one’s brethren, fraternal correction, revision of life, examination of conscience, spiritual direction, acceptance of suffering, endurance of persecution for the sake of righteousness. Taking up one’s cross each day and following Jesus is the surest way of penance.” CCC 1435

That’s quite the list, and again – it’s not something that we do on a yearly or monthly basis, but daily. This isn’t something that is pushed to the peripheries of our lives, but at the center of our day.

 

Be the Men,

Mark

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