James Martin, SJ shares his reflection on today’s retreat:
In the Gospels, whenever Jesus offers someone the chance to change or repent, they are free to say “yes” or “no.” It’s a choice. Jesus never forces anyone to accept his message. And sometimes—as in the case of the Rich Young Man—people walk away. That’s a pretty frightening prospect isn’t it? Freedom to make such big decisions can be overwhelming. But that freedom lies at the heart of the Christian message. For Jesus knows that any conversion that is forced is a false conversion. Only the free change is the one that lasts. So can you freely accept Jesus’s invitation to change in your life this Lent?
James Martin, SJ
James Martin, SJ, is associate editor of America magazine and a prolific author, writer, and editor.
Books by James Martin, SJ
Seven Days at the Grotto of Massabieille
Fr. Martin's illuminating and humorous account of seven busy and gratifying days at Lourdes is a vivid description of a place with a special, mysterious spiritual presence.
A Jesuit Off-Broadway
Center Stage with Jesus, Judas, and Life's Big Questions
Theater and theology share the stage in Fr. James Martin’s A Jesuit Off-Broadway, the true story about the making of a celebrated play.
Awake My Soul
Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions
A contemporary look at traditional devotions from well-known Catholic writers.