Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
'From Repentance to Love'
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, "What are we to do, my brothers?"
When the soldier returned home, he was deeply distressed. He had participated in raids that had killed several children. He couldn't sleep. Finally, he went to a priest and confessed. "I can't forgive myself," he said. The priest said, "But God has already forgiven you." Then the priest suggested, "Why don't you turn your guilt into good deeds? There are plenty of children here who could use your help." That's exactly what the man did.
When the crowd heard Peter's account of the death of Jesus, they were "cut to the heart." Why? Because they realized that they had played a part in putting him to death. They asked, "What are we to do?" The apostles told them: "Repent." Repent means more than acknowledging our guilt. It means transforming that guilt into selfless acts of love for those in need.
Father Ed Bakker