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?