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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 23, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 58:1-9a
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19
Mark 9:14-15

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Ohhh dear! Itís Lent again! A time of reflection on the Passion and Death of the Lord and the root cause of it: sin, my sin. It makes me sad and almost a little overwhelmed because, in spite of knowing much about the need to change, I realize how many Lents have gone by and I'm still essentially the same--still too self-centered and still too attached to comfort and the things of this world.

What will this Lent be like, I wonder--a time of feeling badly--but not badly enough that I and the world are transformed--even a little bit? It is not a pleasant thought and unlike another of our meditation writers, Lent is not my favorite liturgical season.

Saying so gives all too clear evidence of how much I need Lent and resist it. What shall I do?

It occurred to me that perhaps my orientation regarding Lent needs to be refocused, not necessarily changed, but made more clear and not as shortsighted and constrained as it seems to be today. The focus though, including sin, must also include the love of God and not just on the periphery, but smack dab in the center of our understanding.

"Change my heart this time."
(from Change Our Hearts by Rory Cooney)

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hughes dot net)

Friday after Ash Wednesday

St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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