Jesus aligned himself with the most marginalized in society. He sat and supped with the most despised, like Zacchaeus. Jesus crossed every border and boundary to reveal the truth of God’s love for all.
We as the church can work to raise awareness of discrimination today, just as Jesus helped Zacchaeus see how he prospered from the pain and loss of others. Repentance is about reclaiming the truth of one’s identity and the fullness of one’s divinely made body and soul.
Repentance is an ongoing process. We see it continue to unfold through a curiosity that sparks our learning and connection with people who are different from us, a willingness to tear down walls that keep us apart, and a relationship with Christ.
Repentance doesn’t need to be a big word followed by big actions. Little choices we make every day can lead to justice, fairness and equity for all.
This message is an excerpt from “Changed Hearts” by Judith Roberts in the October 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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