Change Your Mind by Bishop Robert Barron

The desert is the place where we do away with our distractions. There we are stripped down to the basics and have to confront the truth about ourselves. That’s where John the Baptist meets us.

His theme is simple: metanoiete. Reform. Change your mind. Change your attitude. Look anew. The implication is that we are so self-absorbed that we will miss what is most important, what John calls “the reign of God,” namely, Jesus.

God’s way of ordering things has arrived, and we need to wake up, to pay attention. For two thousand years, the Church has echoed John’s message, telling the world to pay attention to Jesus, to see what is there to be seen. Heaven and earth have met, God has come to meet us, God’s way and style and substance are now a flesh and blood reality.

We hear that “Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him, as they confessed their sins.” It’s a strange paradox, visible up and down the centuries, and even to the present day: the call to confession is attractive. We know, deep down, that the reminder that we are sinners is not repellent but strangely alluring.

We know in our bones that confession is good for the soul. In the twelve-step programs, the admission of one’s powerlessness and the conducting of a searching moral inventory are requisite to recovery. The last thing they need is to hear, “You’re just fine.”

So this Advent, let’s hear the message of John the Baptist, and like the throngs from Jerusalem and Judea, we should repent and seek forgiveness.

Sometime this weekend, go to confession, especially if you haven’t been for a while, and find the joy that stems from true repentance.

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We are to devote our entire life to being surrendered over to God, to yielding ourselves completely into God. May we learn to live with that much devout faith.

-from Let Us Adore Him

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