So it begins…six weeks of traveling toward Jerusalem with Jesus. It seems that we just celebrated the welcome of “the baby Jesus” into the world – and so we have. Our attention to the seasons of our faith ought to keep up with the speed of what seems an accelerate passage of time, but really the calendar is still the same. It’s just that the acceleration of change in this world and our consciousness has increased. Science can barely keep up so it isn’t so strange that we have difficulty doing so.
The readings for today have many encouraging words for how to move through the season of Lent. Here are my favorites that simply call us to attention to our own lives and actions while asking God for help. Think on these things.
>A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
>Brothers and sisters, we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you, be reconciled to God!
>If today you hear his voice, Harden not your hearts.
>When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
>(My personal favorite) Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart…Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord. For gracious and merciful is he…even now!