Lent:?A time for repentance, forgiveness

I’m sorry. How many times have we said these words? How many times have we heard them? By saying I’m sorry it is supposed to be the cure all for everything we have done wrong or what others have done to us. Unfortunately, it does not always work that way.

We are in the season of Lent. It is a time when we evaluate our relationship with God and with others. Are we doing everything we can to follow the will of God? We are put on earth for a purpose that God has planned for us. Our relationship with others plays a vital role in this plan. Relationships are not easy. There is work to be done on both sides. Care, trust and respect are necessary building blocks to prevent a break in the friendship. It is the same in our relationship with God. He trusts that we will respect his will and do what we can to follow His path for us.

Lent is a time to make up for what we have done or not done. It is also a time of repentance and a time to bear fruit.

I think of the Gospel reading from Luke 13:1-9, I heard recently at Mass. There is a fig tree that the master keeps checking for fruit. He has come for three years and the tree has not produced. He is ready to cut it down. The servant has asked for one more year to cultivate the soil and fertilize the tree. It is like that for us.

Day after day, month after month, year after year, God keeps coming to us and waiting for us to follow him. He patiently waits for us to choose the right path. Even if we make mistakes and do not choose the way we should, we can ask for forgiveness from others and from God. We are given the chance again and again to make up for our wrongs and start over.

We cultivate the soil by going to church and praying daily. We ask for forgiveness and forgive others so that our relationships can bear fruit. Even though we make mistakes again and again, we are given the chance at repentance and forgiveness. Our God is a merciful and forgiving master.

Katie Gregory is a junior at Bishop Ryan High School in Minot.