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<< Friday, October 3, 1997 >>
 
Baruch 1:15-22
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Psalm 79 Luke 10:13-16
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THE MIRACLE OF REPENTANCE

 
"If the miracles worked in your midst had occurred in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have reformed in sackcloth and ashes." —Luke 10:13
 

If we love God and people, we will hate sin because sin offends God and hurts people. Therefore, those in love are preoccupied with repentance, which puts a stop to sin. Thus, "there will likewise be more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent" (Lk 15:7).

Jesus works in many ways to lead us to repentance. For instance, when He does miracles, He expects whole cities to repent (Lk 10:13ff; Mt 11:23). The cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum refused to repent despite the many miracles Jesus had done in their cities. After the miracles of the first Christian Pentecost (Acts 2:41), however, three thousand people repented (see Acts 2:38). After the miraculous healing of the man lame from birth, the number of repentant men reached five thousand (Acts 4:4). After seeing the Lord's miracles, a Samaritan town (Acts 8:7ff) and the towns of Lydda, Sharon, and Joppa repented (Acts 9:35, 42).

We all have seen the Lord do miracles in our lives. In the name of Jesus (see Mk 16:17-18), we can even do miracles in the lives of others. Therefore, we must repent and lead others to do the same.

 
Prayer: Father, may I do greater miracles (see Jn 14:12) and see even greater repentance than that which occurred at the first Christian Pentecost.
Promise: "He who hears you, hears Me. He who rejects you, rejects Me. And he who rejects Me, rejects Him Who sent Me." —Lk 10:16
Praise: St. Luke's parish held a Life in the Spirit Seminar. One of the immediate fruits of the Spirit was deep repentance, as evidenced by the dramatic length of the Confession lines.
 
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, The Secret of Confession.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, March 22, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 26, 1997
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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