"From that time on, Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
The Little Blue Book says that the word, 'repent' also means "re-think." It doesn't so much mean show sorrow for one action, but it is broader, more like "re-think" the way you do everything...change the way you live. To add emphasis to this, in this Gospel we are told that Jesus leaves Nazareth and moves to Capernaum. He changes his life's work, too, going from carpenter to healer, preacher, proclaimer of God's Kingdom. Jesus seems to always practice what he preaches! So what does that mean for us, as we return to real life after the holidays? What if we cannot change our town or career as Jesus did? We can change in other ways--such as being more positive, if we tend to be negative. Or maybe we can change and be more patient with co-workers or kinder to strangers we meet throughout our day? Maybe we need to re-think and be more enthusiastic and appreciative of our work? However we may need to re-think our life, this early January Monday, let's do it! Love, heidi