Metanoia: Turning Away From Sin

metanoiaThis past Sunday we heard the following during the Gospel Proclamation:

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matt 3:1, emphasis added

The word used throughout the Gospels for repent is the Greek word metanoia. This word, metanoia, literally means the changing of one’s mind through repentance. Metanoia occurs when a person examines his or her life and decides to turn away from sin and towards God.

Put another way, metanoia requires a radical change of mind, heart, and soul. But what some seem to miss is in order to achieve this radical change action, on our part, is required. In other words, it’s not enough to want to change, or say we’re going to change… we have to actually do something.

Along these lines, this past Sunday, during his homily, our Parochial Vicar challenged our congregation to seek out areas of our life that need refinement… that need change.

Obvious examples include dealing with any mortal sins we may be struggling with. But even venial sin should be dealt with since these “paper cuts” often lead to deeper, deadlier, sin over time.

Later that same evening, during dinner, my family and I talked about how we could put Father’s words into action. After some discussion we decided on a plan. Specifically, we’re now working on building each other up more than we have been. Unfortunately, we’ve fallen into a bad habit of being overly critical with one another and not always as kind as we should be. We also plan to do a “review” of how we do each day during family dinner.

So as we all continue to work our way through Advent I’d encourage you to look at how you, and your family if applicable, might also seek out ways to strengthen your relationship with God and with one another. Or, as a very wise man once said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!