Posted March 12, 2012:
Scripture for Sinners

by Fr. Bob Pelton.

Recently as I was preparing a homily on repentance, I began to wonder why I should give a lengthy explanation of what it means to repent. Why shouldn’t I simply give examples of how Our Lord himself teaches us?

Here is what came to me. Some of these examples will apply to you and some won’t. But we all have lots to repent of, and each one is a word of eternal life.



I am impatient: Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it shall be opened to you (Lk 11:9).

I am harsh, unkind: Blessed are the merciful for they shall find mercy (Mt 5:7)

I am envious: Do not lay up treasures on earth where rust and moth consume and thieves break in to steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… for where your treasure is, there also will your heart be (Mt 6:19-21).

I am self-seeking: Come to me all you who labor and are heavily burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls (Mt 11:28-29)

I am judgmental: Whoever receives one such little child for my sake, receives me (Lk 9:48).

I am despondent, discouraged: Take heart for I have overcome the world (Jn 16:33).

I am impure: Behold I stand at the door and knock and if anyone hears and opens to me I will come in and sup with him and he with me (Rev 3:20-21).

I am selfish: He who loves his life loses it and he who hates his life in this world, keeps it unto life ever-lasting. If anyone serves me, let him follow me (Jn 12:25-26).

I am slothful: He who abides in me, bears much fruit (Jn 15:5).

I am anxious: Let your heart not be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me (Jn 14:1).

I am proud: If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. for he who would save his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for my sake will save it (Lk 9:23-25).



We can make it even simpler, for we are all sinners. So we can all pray the quote which is the Jesus Prayer: Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, be merciful to me, a sinner (Lk 18:13).

Yes, we are all sinners, but the Lord Jesus is always there to give us a fresh beginning.

He is always telling us, "Repent. Believe what I tell you; believe in me. Open your heart to me again. Open your mind to me again. And I will raise you up."

At every moment, we can repent, turn again, and receive Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life. And the Kingdom of God will live in us.


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