Fourth Sunday of Easter
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you.”  The word “repent” is an interesting yet important word to consider in our own individual relationship with God and our first and primary vocation as his beloved children.  Repentance is important, necessary, and referred to several times in scripture and even highlighted as the theme for penitential services and certain liturgical seasons throughout the year.  We need to repent but why and how.  We hear scripture cry out to us when John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” However, what does that mean to you when you hear the word repent?  Does repenting scare you or make you nervous or do you welcome it and are grateful to God for the gift and opportunity to repent?  We hear Jesus echo John’s words to us in scripture and even begin every Lenten Season with the call to “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  However, what does that mean and what exactly is Jesus asking you to do?  It seems repenting is required in order to obtain the keys to unlock the doorway to heaven and enter the realm where angels get to sing, adore and play and all the holy saints of God get to worship, praise and pray.  However, do you know how to repent?  If asked to describe what repentance looks like will you be able to do so with ease or even provide a helpful definition to explain the concept of repenting off the top of your head and without using an on-line search? Can you explain the role of repentance to another with confidence or personally share the life-giving benefits derived from a life and spirit of repentance?  Repenting is significant to our daily spiritual pilgrimage leading us to the things pertaining to heaven. It is also important in those deep revealing meditative earthly moments during a desert retreat or the deep contemplative state of divine intimacy. Repentance calls for true contrition, a change of heart, amendment of life and behavior.  The invitation we receive is for one to turn away from selfish disordered desires that give rise to disobedience and rebellion in our heart towards God and to “Repent, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”  We repent when we feel sorrow or we can genuinely express sincere regret.  We repent when we freely say we are sorry and humbly ask for forgiveness from the heart. 

Reflections from the Heart – October 10, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - October 10, 2021
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and ...

Reflections from the Heart – October 3, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - October 3, 2021
Twenty-seventhSunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" A wedding is ...

Reflections from the Heart – September 26, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - September 26, 2021
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Whoever is not against us is for us.” The Cross remains for ...

Reflections from the Heart – September 19, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - September 19, 2021
Twenty-fifthSunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they ...

Reflections from the Heart – September 12, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - September 12, 2021
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his ...

Reflections from the Heart – September 5, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - September 5, 2021
Twenty-thirdSunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Thus says the Lord: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, ...

Reflections from the Heart – August 29, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - August 29, 2021
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is ...

Reflections from the Heart – August 22, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - August 22, 2021
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” The Liturgy of the ...

Reflections from the Heart – August 15, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - August 15, 2021
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Maryby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is ...

Reflections from the Heart – August 8, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - August 8, 2021
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats ...

Reflections from the Heart – August 1, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - August 1, 2021
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never ...

Reflections from the Heart – July 25, 2021

Reflections from the Heart - July 25, 2021
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” ...
The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.