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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time

Blessed Paul VI, Pope from 1963-1978 Apostolic Constitution "Paenitemini" (trans. © Libreria Editrice Vaticana) “If your hand leads you into sin”: conversion of heart"

Thursday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Blessed Paul VI, Pope from 1963-1978 Apostolic Constitution "Paenitemini" (trans. © Libreria Editrice Vaticana)
      
      “If your hand leads you into sin”: conversion of heart"

The kingdom of God announced by Christ can be entered only by a "change of heart" ("metanoia") that is to say through that intimate and total change and renewal of the entire man—of all his opinions, judgments and decisions—which takes place in him in the light of the sanctity and charity of God, the sanctity and charity which were manifested to us in the Son and communicated fully. 

The invitation of the Son to "metanoia" becomes all the more inescapable inasmuch as He not only preaches it but Himself offers an example. Christ, in fact, is the supreme model for those doing penance. He willed to suffer punishment for sins which were not His but those of others. 

In the presence of Christ man is illumined with a new light and consequently recognizes the holiness of God and the gravity of sin. Through the word of Christ a message is transmitted to him which invites him to conversion and grants forgiveness of sins. These gifts he fully attains in baptism. This sacrament, in fact, configures him to the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord,(37) and places the whole future of the life of the baptized under the seal of this mystery. 

Therefore, following the Master, every Christian must renounce himself, take up his own cross and participate in the sufferings of Christ (Mt 16:24). Thus transformed into the image of Christ's death, he is made capable of meditating on the glory of the resurrection.

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