Repentance doesn’t mean going through life with your
head down, feeling remorseful for being so bad. It means start doing
something good. Start practicing what you believe in.
"Repent" means start doing the things that
you know you should do. If you are alienated from somebody, be
reconciled. If you are self-righteous in relation to others, humble
yourself. If you have been uncaring toward the poor, now is the time to
get some moral imagination and put yourself in the plight of another
human being. If you have been callous about prospects for peace in the
world, now is the time for you to start praying and begin working for
those things in your own neighborhood that make for peace. If you have
put your trust in the accumulation of things so that you are slave to a
whole host of masters, now is the time for you to unload some of the
stuff and to put your trust in God. And if you assumed to this point
that you are going to be judged on your ability to avoid evil in this
life, this is the time for you to hear that you are going to be judged
on your courage to do the good.
Repentance is not some negative, life-denying gesture.
In fact, repentance doesn’t mean turning to a past way of thinking or
doing at all. Repentance means turning to a new way. Repentance does not
mean to change from what we are to what we were. It means to change from
what we are to what we are going to be."
You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet–Cycle "B"
C.S.S. Publishing, 1990