Repent and believe the Good News

We have begun the season of Lent – forty days of penance and preparation. We are setting out on a journey that will lead to Good Friday and on to the great feast of Easter. Today’s Gospel finds Jesus setting out on his own journey. Before he began his public preaching, he went into the wilderness for 40 days. As he prayed, alone in the desert, he must have foreseen what lay ahead; a struggle against evil that would lead to his death on the Cross. Perhaps Jesus was tempted not to follow God’s plan for him. But he put his trust in God his Father. When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he knew that the time had come to begin the journey. He started preaching in Galilee, his homeland. His message was simple; repent and believe the Good News. Repentance means a change of heart, turning back to God – centring our lives on him. The Good News is that, thanks to the sacrifice of Christ, our sins are forgiven. Lent is the time to repent and believe.

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