Lent: A Season of Repentance
On the Third Sunday of Lent, from the Gospel of St. Luke:
At that time some people who were present there told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” -Luke 13:1-3, NAB
Generally speaking, I do not write very often about the wrath of God – it doesn’t work very well as an evangelistic tool; however, in the season of Lent, we need to be reminded of why we need to repent. If we repent, the flood gates of Christ’s love fly open, but if we do not, we could face the same fate as the Galileans in today’s verse.
Our God is the God of love, but He is also the God of justice. The rules are simple: repent and find a new life with Christ, or refuse to repent and face judgment. God loves you very much, and He wants to see you come back to Him, but your fate lies in your own hands, based on whether your choose to repent or not.
In this Gospel reading, Jesus is telling us that the Galileans who died at the hands of Pilate were not singled out for being greater sinners than others. He tells us that anyone who chooses not to repent, regardless of how great or small their sins may be, will perish. A sinner is a sinner. It’s that simple.
During Lent, a season of repentance, we focus on our need for forgiveness as we draw closer to Easter. On Good Friday, Jesus died so that we can be forgiven, On Easter, He rose to show that He had conquered death. We cannot fully grasp how great these acts were until we fully grasp our need for them.