Creating Something New

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

 Creating Something New
Ash Wedndsday

From a homily by Pope Francis

“Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;   rend your hearts and not your clothing” Joel 2:12-13

With these penetrating words of the Prophet Joel, the liturgy today introduces us into Lent, pointing to conversion of heart as the chief characteristic of this season of grace.  The prophetic appeal challenges all of us without exception, and it reminds us that conversion is not to be reduced to outward forms or to vague intentions, but engages and transforms one’s entire existence beginning from the center of the person, from the conscience…

With its invitations to conversion, Lent comes providentially to awaken us, to rouse us from torpor, from the risk of moving forward by inertia…Why must we return to God?   Because something is not right in us, not right in society, in the Church, and we need to change, to give it a new direction…Once again Lent comes to make its prophetic appeal, to remind us that it is possible to create something new within ourselves and around us, simply because God is faithful, always faithful for he cannot deny himself, he continues to be rich in goodness and mercy, and he is always ready to forgive and start afresh.  

In which areas of my life do I feel most in need of conversion?

Lord, help me open my heart to you and to my brothers and sisters this Lent.  Reawaken us to the grace you give us this holy season

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