What, Lent again? - Saturday after Ash Wednesday

  

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

 (Isaiah 58: 9-14; Luke 5: 27-32)

 

‘If you deprive  yourself for the hungry and satisfy the needs of the
afflicted, your light will rise in the darkness and your darkest hour
will be like midday’.

 

Lent is not about doom and gloom. It is journey strewn with opportunities to step into light, to receive life, to experience true freedom and peace as only God can give. God's love is extravagant, no strings attached, no need to earn or fear losing it. It is there -unconditional and all embracing. Then why the countless unhappy people?

 God did not say to Isaiah, 'if you deprive yourself for the hungry, I will fill you with light'. No, God says 'your light will rise in the darkness and your darkest hour will be like midday'. When we remove the rubble and stones of selfishness, malicious speech, injustice and anger, from our heart, we free the gifts of the Holy Spirit already present within us. When we gaze upon God in prayer, we become in nature whom we reflect upon. Therefore it is safe to repeat what someone once said: 'if you are really praying then you are constantly changing,becoming more sensitive to the needs and difficulties of others and less tolerant of injustice. Henri Nouwen, in Love in a Fearful Land, says: `Praying is letting one's own heart become the place where the tears of God and the tears of God's children can merge and become tears of hope'.

 

Breath prayer:

 I breathe in:     'I am space of hope......

 I breathe out: 'Hope ...........  surround needy people, situations with hope'.

  

 

 

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