Repent’ is the very first word of Jesus’ public proclamation of his message. The most basic response to the immanent reality and new Life offered by Jesus is repentance. At its heart, repentance is not about guilt or fear, both of which stop us in our tracks. It is the recognition that we’ve gone the wrong way, and we need to turn around– the literal meaning of the Hebrew word teshuvah.
-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE