Somethings are hard to forgive. Reconciliation isn't always possible and saying "i'm sorry" sounds empty and woefully inadequate. In times like the opportunity to be forgiven is sweet indeed. In this week's Gospel from Mark Jesus fasts for 40 days and then launches his preaching ministry. Mark summarizes his message saying “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” I think we often hear this call to repentance as a punishing voice instead of the good news that it is. No matter what we have done or left undone God desires to forgive us. He offers us the gift of Repentance.