Religion

1st Day of Lent | Ash Wednesday

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Every year I try to do something special for Lent, this year I aim to post something prayerful every day of the season in order to better prepare my heart for Easter.

Today’s reading from the USCCB

“Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.”

Preparing for Easter can be difficult at times. It seems there are so many demands on time and attention to be dealt with. Focusing on what’s really important is a challenge, and so often it is easy to be overcome by the grind of daily life. That’s where the rending comes in.

To draw closer to God we have to rend our hearts. We have to rend our hearts away from the distractions, away from the calamity, away from the chaos. Doing so can be hard, it can involve sacrifice, it can hurt.

But, once we have torn ourselves away from the distractions and the clutter we can sometimes find that we are left with a whole heart, one freed from the dank overgrowth that overwhelms us when we aren’t looking. The light of Easter beckons, and we must be free to respond. Freeing ourselves from the darkness is the first step toward the beauty of Christ, but first, before we can enter into that beautiful presence, we must rend ourselves.

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