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 (Luke 19:1-10). Through his relationship with Jesus, Zacchaeus decided to turn away from his former actions and turn toward the love of God and neighbors.
I believe 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 the risen Christ who reforms us, so that together we may embody the kingdom and the family of God.
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 excerpted from “Changed hearts” by Judith Roberts in the October 2018 Gather magazine. Today is the Second Sunday in Lent.
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