Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lent 2013 (Invitation To Know God Better)

Day Two: Reflect
       Lent invites us to reflect --- on the price that was paid for our forgiveness, the Divine love that made it possible, and how to reorder our lives so that they reflect that love to others.

    This can be a joyful exercise, for it is an opportunity to ask to be lifted up with Jesus in His surrender to the Father's Will, even if it costs us everything. It can be the moment that we ask God to make us instruments of His healing love, to send us to those who need Him most.
     Will you ask God to do that for you this Lenten season? That's the real secret of what we often call almsgiving. God is faithful, and He will place someone in your path who needs to be loved as only you are able to love them. Give your love freely, just as Christ gave His life for you.

     "I give you a new commandment; love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."   --- John 13:34-35  NAB
Holy Father, kindle in our hearts the fire of Your love. God of mercy, make us rich in good works and generous to all we meet. Teach us to follow the example of Your Son, to be worthy of being called one of His people. Help us to be instruments of His peace. 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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