The Lord addressed His people and their leaders as "princes of Sodom" and "people of Gomorrah" (Is 1:10). In the new covenant, this would be as if the Lord called His Church "Nazis" and "perverts." Then the Lord, through the prophet Isaiah, announced that He couldn't care less about His people's sacrifices, liturgical celebrations, and prayers (Is 1:11-15). Today this is analogous to the Lord saying that He hates our Baptism, Masses, Christmas celebrations, and rosaries. The Lord is out to shock us into realizing the immediate necessity for us to repent. He proclaims: "Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before My eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim" (Is 1:16-17).
Jesus said: "My mission is to spread, not peace, but division. I have come to set a man at odds with his father, a daughter with her mother, a daughter-in-law with her mother-in-law: in short, to make a man's enemies those of his own household" (Mt 10:34-36). The Lord continues giving us "shock-treatments." We must see our need to repent even if the Lord has to rip up our lives to wake us up.
"Repent! The kingdom of God is at hand!" (Mk 1:15, our transl) In this year of the Great Jubilee, repent to bring justice and freedom to our sinful culture of death.