Evidence of Repentance

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John the Baptist is one of the most important figures in salvation history. That’s why the Church concentrates on him so much during the season of Advent.

In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 3, we hear the longest soliloquy of John the Baptist. In it, he says, “Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.” John always preached a message of repentance. In this he mirrored Jesus.

To repent means to change one’s mind. To turn away from wickedness. But changing one’s mind is not enough. John let the Pharisees and Sadducees know this. This change of mind had to manifest itself in actions. As we prepare for the coming of the Lord by repenting of our sinfulness, is that showing itself in our actions? Do others see evidence of our repentance?

Father, we repent of our sins. May that repentance show itself through our love and good works. Amen.

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