As someone who was very much into music at that time, I will never forget how the songs from that album were played constantly on nearly every radio station that following year. Most especially, I recall the first track released, the ironically titled “(Just Like) Starting Over.” This was
undoubtedly meant to be reflective of Lennon’s attempt with this album to create a musical “comeback” . . . an accomplishment that he never lived to see unfortunately. That sadness at what should have been but never was . . . that is still very much what I think of whenever I hear this song.
But fortunately as Christians, we don’t live in that world, the world of regret and missed opportunities. Every day for us is intended to be a new beginning, a “do over” or an opportunity for a new start or fresh approach. This time of year, when people go “back to school” is a great reminder of this wonderful aspect of life.
Repentance is a key component to being a follower of Jesus Christ, so much so that he gave us a sacrament to keep us always renewed and on the path to righteousness.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a never-ending opportunity for us to get “back-to-basics” and start over . . . and I for one am grateful to our Lord for giving us such a great gift. Reconciliation – both the sacramental kind as well as just the general, human process that we might apply to any harmed relationship in our lives – should always be in fashion for us all.
It is always a good time to repent . . . it is always a good time to say, “Have mercy on me, Lord, a sinner”. It is always a good time for “starting over” . . . just like John Lennon sang nearly 40 years ago.