Today the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart want to introduce a Lenten Journey based on the biblical readings for the season that will bring us to new life and freedom through forgiveness. Each Sunday of Lent we will offer some points for personal reflection, as well as discussion questions to use in family or in a small group. Finally, there will be concrete actions offered to express our turning back to the Lord. We pray that this holy season of Lent be a time of true forgiveness and healing which brings us new life.

Ash Wednesday

First Reading: Joel 2:12-18

The prophet Joel invites me to return to the Lord with my whole heart.

Reflection Questions:

What is going on with my heart? Are there worries or memories that don’t allow me to offer my whole heart to the Lord?

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2

I am an ambassador for Christ called to be reconciled with God and with my own self. Now is the day of salvation.

Reflection Questions:

Is there something on my conscience that bothers me and makes me feel that I am not reconciled to God? Can I ask the Lord to save me today?

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

The Gospel asks me to pray, fast, and practice charity as a response to God’s love for me.

Reflection Questions:

Do I believe that God loves me just the way I am? Do I want to please him by returning his love?

Discussion Question:

Do I see Lent as a time of self-imposed suffering to a demanding God or as a graced time of letting go of whatever holds me back from God’s loving embrace?

Actions:

  • I will spend these first few days reviewing my life so far this year. What do I need in order to attend to my own well-being and happiness?
  • Lent might be a good time for a spiritual retreat, to do more spiritual reading, or to volunteer in a service group.

Prayer

Grant, o mighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that I may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and imitate his love. Amen

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