Where are You as Lent Begins?

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Scripture

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.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment. Joel 2: 12-13

Ashes

On Ash Wednesday, as ashes are placed on our foreheads, we hearĀ  one of two possible phrases:

“Repent and believe in the Gospel,” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. ”

Lenten Message

Here is Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2024

He reminds us during Lent, we go through the desert and God leads us to freedom. However, we need to desire to “open our eyes to reality” to answer the question, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9).

When we know where we are in relation to God, then we will know our sins and what our focus is on during the time in the desert.

 

 

Is it time to repent?

A Production of the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network.

Repentance

True sorrow and a desire to change is the repentance God is asking from us. When we sin, we hurt ourselves, others and our relationship with God. God calls us to look at ourselves with honesty and decide what needs to be changed. Not out of shame, but because we desire to live more fully the life God wants for us.

Scripture

“Before you fall ill, humble yourself; and when you have sinned, show repentance. Do not delay forsaking your sins; do not neglect to do so until you are in distress.” Sirach 18:21

Sins can weigh on us, causing us mental and physical distress. Sirach says avoid those problems by taking care of the sin right away. Yes, we’ll need to be humble but God will not turn us away when we ask for his help.

Metanoia

A change of heart away from sin towards God. True repentance can bring about this metanoia, this change of heart.

God’s fills us

When we rid ourselves of sin we are filled with God’s love, mercy and grace. To me, that is the best reason to confess my sins. I receive something wonderful to take its place!

Spend some quiet time each day looking, with God, at the sin that needs to be removed from your life. Ask for forgiveness, make retribution if possible and pray for help to not sin again.

If you are Catholic, I encourage you to go to confession.