Fr. Patrick writes: Conversion is Not One-Way

A walk with God; Day 22: Conversion is Not One-Way

The invocation of Lent to return to the Lord is a call to convert, a call to repent. The image that this usually gives us is a father who has folded his arms and waiting. But it is important to realise that this call is not one-sided; the Lord also returns to us. God waits for us in order to return to us as well. This idea is throughout scripture.

God called Zechariah to tell the Israelites: “I, the Lord, was very angry with your ancestors, but now I say to you, ‘Return to me, and I will return to you.'” (Zechariah 1:2-3) Also in Jonah, when the people of Nineveh repented after Jonah’s preaching, we are told that God also repented from the evil which he said he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3:10) Again, the story of the prodigal son demonstrates it- the father ran to meet his son.

This means the Lord doesn’t allow us to make the return journey all by ourselves, even though we moved away from Him; instead, He also makes a return journey towards us. Our conversion is in this way not a unilateral aspiration at all. It is not an effort on our part only. This should make our return to the Lord or our repentance easier and encouraging.

Pope Francis said, “God is never tired of showing mercy; we get tired of seeking His mercy.” Seek to return to the Lord for He awaits us and never gets tired of receiving us, for he desires that we come home. But know that the waiting time will not always be there, so the opportune time is now.

Read:📖 Zechariah 1:16
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for Prisoners
Action:👉🏽 Please go for Confession.

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