In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus calls us to repentance. Like the loving father in Jesus’ parable of the “Prodigal Son,” God our Father is eager for us to turn around and come home to Him. And all it takes is the turning.
For some of us today, this worship experience will be a homecoming. For some of us there will be the joy of healing, the joy of new life, the joy of reconciliation. But some of us may leave still groping in the empty darkness, still separated from God. It all depends on our willingness to change, to turn our life around. Again, in the language of the Bible, it all depends on our willingness to repent.
The great Lord God who created us is eager for us to come home. He rejoices when we do. But He honors our freedom. He will not force us to come home. We must do the turning, if we are to move out of the…
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