Renew us and prepare us.

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Grant that your faithful, O Lord, we pray,
may be so conformed to the paschal observance,
that the bodily discipline now solemnly begun
may bear fruit in the souls of all.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Reading

Daily Meditation: 

Renew us and prepare us.

Our lesson today is about reconciliation
Our Lord forgives us all our sins -
nothing can seperate us from the love of God for us in Jesus
And we are called to forgive others
with the same compassion, mercy, patience, and love given to us.

Our Lenten practices help us to
experience the renewing love of God,
and they prepare us for our journey to Easter"
to celebrate the mystery of our death to self
and rebirth in the new life Jesus won for us.

I do not wish the sinner to die, says the Lord,
but to turn to me and live.

Ezekiel 33


Thanks be to Christ the Lord, who brought us life by his death on the cross.
With our whole heart let us ask him:
   By your death raise us to life

Teacher and savior, you have shown us your fidelity and made us
a new creation by your passion
-keep us from falling again into sin

Help us to deny ourselves today,
  -and not deny those in need

May we receive this day of penance as your gift,
  -and give it back to you through works of mercy

Master our rebellious hearts,
  -and teach us generosity

Closing Prayer: 

Creator of my life,
renew me:bring me to new life in you.
Touch me and make me feel whole again.
Help me to see your love
in the passion, death and resurrection of your son.
Help me to observe Lent
in a way that allows me to celebrate that love.
Prepare me for these weeks of Lent
as I feel both deep sorrows for my sins
and your undying love for me.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 

Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother
has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother and then come and offer your gift. - Matthew

Before our 50th high school reunion, my cousin and I were speculating about who else might attend. I said that I dreaded reconnecting with several of our classmates who had physically bullied me in junior high. Just thinking about them made me feel once again like a misfit teen-age nerd.

My cousin, a much nicer person than I will ever be (he was chosen to crown the Blessed Virgin for being the class member most like her), set me straight. “It’s been more than 50 years since that happened. Isn’t it time you got over it?” Touche!

I agreed to try. At the reunion, I even visited pleasantly with the bullying ringleader whom, I could not help but notice, now outweighed me by about 100 pounds instead of the 50 in high school.

I thought about this incident as I meditated on today’s reading from Matthew about making peace with our brothers and sisters with whom we have battled. I also realized that I would not have gloated about being better preserved than my former tormentor if I had fully absorbed what today’s gospel tells us. Hey! Following Jesus will always be a work in progress.

Jesus knows we all carry such baggage and he offers us a solution for getting rid of it. Confront our anger. Reach out to those who have hurt us or whom we have hurt to try to reach some form of reconciliation. If nothing else, develop amnesia when it comes to ancient hurts and slights. If we have been the bully instead of the bullied, it’s never too late to say sorry.

This could be the best Lenten penance we do – even better than passing up a sinfully delicious mint chocolate Dove piece after dinner.

Happy Lent and know that Jesus understands how hard obeying this command is. 

by Eileen Wirth
Creighton University's Retired
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