For the next five (5) days, I will post five (5) ways to make your observance of Lent more meaningful.
Day 0ne: Remember
During Lent, we remember why Jesus died. We face the ugly truth that it was because we are full of evil. But as sobering as this reminder can be, and despite the vast chasm that separates sinful mankind from a Holy God, Lent points us to another, more powerful truth: God is rich in His mercy. It was because of His great love for us that He found a way to bridge the gap.
Now, like the loving Father He is, He beckons us to return to Him. Will you take a step in His direction? Give up something that is holding you back? Remember, He loves you and His arms are open wide.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved.)
--- Ephesians 2:5 (NAB)
Holy Father, we want to be like Jesus, to be filled with the same self-sacrificing love that brought us mercy and healing. Help us reflect that love to others and to fill us with new life in Him. Amen,
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition copywritten 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970. Confraternity of Christian Doctrines, Inc. Washington, DC.
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