[ 47 DAILY LENTEN REFLECTIONS ]
FROM THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE & ORANGE COUNTY CATHOLIC SHOOLS
DAY 8 - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2020
A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
If you’re anything like me, fasting feels more like a chore than an act of spiritual renewal. In fact, I approach Ash Wednesday and Good Friday with dread. Fasting is difficult; it’s supposed to be difficult (but not for difficulty’s sake). Fasting is the Church’s invitation to remember and proclaim “by [our] actions” our need for God and His mercy. The struggle makes me painfully aware of my human weakness.
The verse before today’s Gospel perfectly summarizes the meaning of Lent: “Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, for I am gracious and merciful.” Through the scriptures, God invites me today me to turn my heart back to Him. He reassures me I can return to Him even now: weak, sinful, aching for the joy of salvation.
I need Lent. I need to be emptied out to remember how God is supposed to fill me. I need to hear that I am dust, and to dust I will return; that this dust can be made new, starting today.
Father, reveal where I need Your mercy. Rather than be surprised by my weakness, grant me the grace to confidently abandon myself to Your saving help.
- Emily Conklin