What Is True Repentance? (Wed. May 11)

The word of the day is “repent.”  We usually think of repentance as a change of heart and mind.  But repentance can be insincere, pretended, or done for the wrong reason.  In today’s reading of Acts 8:18-25, we read the case of a man named Simon who seemed to repent.  After Peter condemned his wickedness, Simon said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me” (OSB vs. 24).  This plea seemed to indicate that he had turned around from his sinful ways.  However, if we read this passage carefully, we discover his contrition was not genuine. Thus, from this negative example, we learn about the nature of true repentance.…

What Is True Repentance? (Wed. May 19)

The word of the day is “repent.”  We usually think of repentance as a change of heart and mind.  But repentance can be insincere, pretended, or done for the wrong reason.  In today’s reading of Acts 8:18-25, we read the case of a man named Simon who seemed to repent.  After Peter condemned his wickedness, Simon said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me (OSB vs. 24).  This plea seemed to indicate that he had turned around from his sinful ways.  However, if we read this passage carefully, we discover his contrition was not genuine. Thus, from this negative example, we learn about the nature of true repentance.…