REPENTANCE. "To repent is to come to your senses," writes Frederick Buechner. "It is not so much something you do as something that happens."
The sage continues: "True repentance spends less time looking at the past and saying, 'I'm sorry,' than to the future and saying 'Wow!'" (from Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC, Harper & Row, 1973)
Now, put that in the context of John the Baptist's message: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!"
Dare we try to enter a breathtaking future and sacred journey burdened down by besetting sins and the baggage of a thousand and one trivial preoccupations?