Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 21, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17
2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
When you give alms . . . when you pray . . . when you fast . . . .
Welcome to the solemn, joyous season of Lent, a season especially given over to repentance and to metanoia or interior change and motion toward God. The word repentance itself means to think again, to reconsider the matter.
One of the ways in which we do this is by an additional practice of selflessness. The three things Jesus mentions particularly today are the hallmarks of Lent--giving alms, prayer, and fasting. All three are virtuous works that contribute to our personal growth because they demand an abandonment of our personal goals and an acceptance of God's own way for us.
But the secret of all three is . . . well, secret. Don't make a point of all you are doing for Lent. No one needs to know. Your Lenten practice is for you and God. What you give up, how you fast, how you give alms, how often you pray: all of those are matters for you and God alone. Once you make a point of them, you undo some part of the good they can accomplish. They are a private matter--a matter for God to bless.
So, welcome to Lent. Welcome to the traditional practices of Lent. And welcome especially to God's warm invitation to turn to Him and to Him alone and do all that you do for Him, with Him, in Him, and through Him. Because only in that is there blessing.
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February 21, 2007
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