Day Five: Be Restored
Do you remember Peter --- Christ's fearless disciple who became faithless when the pressure was on? Three times Peter emphatically denied the Lord during His Passion. You might call him a Biblical "cowardly lion". But after the Resurrection, Jesus specifically sought Peter out and restored him. He became the foremost leader of the early church.
Perhaps you've begun your Lenten journey in a similar state --- discouraged by your own faithlessness, weighed down by the darkness you find as you search your soul.
The promise of Lent is that He is waiting to restore you, to raise you from your brokenness and to make of your ashes more than you ever dared to dream was possible. Let Him restore the joy of your Salvation today.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. --- Psalm 103:11 NKJV
Holy Father, create a new Spirit in us, as You burined us with Christ in baptism. Help us to walk today in the newness of life to which we were raised. Make us channels of Your love, Lord. Help us to reflect Your glory and to serve others as Jesus did. In Jesus' Name. 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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