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Repent and Change

01-26-2020We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 45, No. 1

When starting something new, often the first step is to change, to turn around. Something new is happening in all three readings today. Isaiah prophesies the coming of a Messiah. Saint Paul guides the emerging church in Corinth. Jesus begins his public ministry. In each case, change is required. Isaiah speaks of the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali, the first regions to be lost when Israel fell to the Assyrians. He encouraged the people by prophesying of the dawning of a new day, but this was not fulfilled for seven more centuries. The early church in Corinth was beset by divisions. Paul had to remind them that they were all baptized in Christ Jesus, no matter who converted them. Jesus, coming from the region where Isaiah saw a new day dawning, calls his first disciples. But before this, he proclaims the same words John the Baptist used, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:2, 4:17). The kingdom of heaven (or "kingdom of God," as the other evangelists call it) is attainable, but an essential step must be completed first. Repent. Turn around. Seek forgiveness for your sins and commit yourself to change. Once you have done this, the kingdom of God, with its abundant joy and great rejoicing, can be realized.

Are you ready to repent? What must you turn away from?

Arrepiéntete y Cambia

Al comenzar algo nuevo, a menudo el primer paso es cambiar, dar la vuelta. Algo nuevo está sucediendo en las tres lecturas de hoy. Isaías profetiza la venida de un Mesías. San Pablo guía la iglesia emergente en Corinto. Jesús comienza su ministerio público. En cada caso, se requiere un cambio. Isaías habla de las tierras de Zabulón y Neftalí, las primeras regiones que se perdieron cuando Israel cayó ante los asirios. Animó a la gente al profetizar el amanecer de un nuevo día, pero esto no se cumplió durante siete siglos más. La iglesia primitiva en Corinto estaba acosada por divisiones. Pablo tuvo que recordarles que todos fueron bautizados en Cristo Jesús, sin importar quién los convirtió. Jesús, viniendo de la región donde Isaías vio amanecer un nuevo día, llama a sus primeros discípulos. Pero antes de esto, proclama las mismas palabras que usó Juan el Bautista: "Arrepiéntanse, porque el reino de los cielos está cerca" (Mateo 3:2, 4:17). El reino de los cielos (o "reino de Dios", como lo llaman los otros evangelistas) es alcanzable, pero primero se debe completar un paso esencial. Arrepiéntete. Da la vuelta. Busca el perdón por tus pecados y comprométete a cambiar. Una vez que hayas hecho esto, se puede realizar el reino de Dios, con su abundante alegría y gran regocijo.

¿Estás listo para arrepentirte? ¿De qué debes alejarte?

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