Wednesday 5th March – Ash Wednesday
Reflection: 2 Corinthians 5: 20 – 6: 2
BE RECONCILED TO GOD
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. A time specially set aside by the church for us to re-examine our stand with God. It is a time to contemplate the essence of living; a time to deepen our relationship with God. The symbolic distribution of ashes on our foreheads is a reminder that we are dust and to dust shall we all return. It is a call on us to forsake our sinful ways and be more united to Christ and His mystical body- the Church.
Dearest friend, if we say we have no sin there is no truth in us and we deceive ourselves (1 John 1:8). The more we allow the light of faith to permeate our spirits, the clearer we see those sinful stains which hitherto had been unrecognised. This the Holy Spirit does, not to condemn us but to promote contrition and renunciation of our sins so as to better love and serve God. Beloved in Christ, perhaps it appears your weight of sin is so large and insurmountable? Please do not give in to despair! Today’s first reading (Joel 2:12-18) and other scriptural verses (Isaiah 1:16-18; Psalm 106:1) affirm God’s inestimable mercy and compassion. For our sake Christ died on the cross (Isaiah 53:4-6; Galatians 3:13-14) and His loving arms remain outstretched welcoming us back to Himself.
To be more united to God, we must lovingly embrace the discipline of lent, namely: Prayer, Almsgiving, Fasting and Abstinence. Today’s Gospel reading (Matt 6:1-6, 16-18) clearly tells us how best to go about these. The disciplines of lent are not exclusively for this season, rather it is a time to intensify on them to maximize the benefits of this season.
PRAYER: Dearest Father, may this Lenten season bring me genuine transformation that I may better know You, love You and serve You. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1431: Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, repugnance towards the evil actions we have committed. At the same time it entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life, with hope in God’s mercy and trust in the help of his grace.
HIDE A TREASURE: “If my people who are called by name humble themselves , and pray and seek my face , and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Joel 2:12-18; Psalm 51:3-6, 12-17; 2 Corinthians 5: 20-6:2;
God that I may do your will.