Today marks one week into our spiritual journey in this season of Lent. The Scripture readings for today had a profound effect on me and the way that I view Lent. In the readings we are reminded of another aspect of Jonah’s story; we hear how Jonah warned the people of Nineveh to turn away from their evil ways and repent before God. Even the King of Nineveh listened to Jonah and repented by choosing to fast and wear sack cloth. We also hear how Jesus used the story of Nineveh to tell his disciples how important it is to be faithful to God.
These stories are both very dramatic, but they hold an important truth. That when one truly repents and asks for forgiveness in both word and action, God forgives. The story of the King is especially important because it shows us how important it was for him to cast aside his robe and humble himself before God. He didn’t just say he was sorry, he proved it by his actions. It is not enough just to pray and speak the words, you must show God how your striving to be a better person in your actions. For me that is was Lent is really all about: asking for forgiveness but also showing God by my actions that I really mean it. It is not solely about giving things up that are important to me. It’s about how I live every day and the ways in which I try to be a better person during Lent and always.
— Callum, Class of 2020
Music: Kathrin by Sascha Ende