This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. There are many things going on in our church: Fr. Ray is in his second or third day of walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Mona and a group of students are heading to San Diego, California for an Alternative Spring Break, the confirmation class is in a retreat up in the Sacramento mountains, and NMSU students are enjoying their Spring Break.
Please keep all of them/us in your prayers with that said, I want to reaffirm what the Sacred Scriptures tell us this weekend: let the past be the past and the future be the future. Our world and each of us need repentance. We should repent, of course, but then not fix our eyes on yesterday's sin but on today's forgiveness and tomorrow's hope. The repentance that saves is not constant self-scourging but a new birth of faith and loyalty to Christ. Regret dwells in the past. Repentance looks to the future to ask: where do we go from here?