Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, with angels holding his clothes and the personification of the River Jordan looking on. Tempera painting in the dome, c. 1270. Baptistery, Parma, Italy.

Good news! Repent!

The Gospel reading for this week, in which John called all of us to repent is indeed good news. It is good news precisely because it demands that we face God’s grace and allow ourselves to be changed by it.