In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”’ (Matthew 3:1-3)
What does “repentance” mean to you? When you think of the word, do you think of religious gobbldygook? Or do you think of fasting or making a personal sacrifice in your life? Or do you think of going to confession? Or do you think of saying a prayer to God and asking for forgiveness? Whatever repentance means to you, it is something that is meant to bring us closer to God, to bring us closer to who Christ calls us to be. In whatever form is meaningful for you, periodically consider how you might repent and be closer to God in your life. And most importantly as you repent, see your joy and love for God increase as you grow in your faith.