As last year I’ll send out my own daily reflections. I hope they can help you on your Lenten journey with our Lord.
“Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment“ (Jl. 2:13).
Today marks the day for us to begin our Lenten penances. We focus our attention on what am I going to “give up”, or what am I going to “do”.
While such a reflection is necessary to arrive at a concrete resolve, something more pressing should occupy our minds.
“Where is my heart?”
—“Am I close to God?”
—“Am I far from God?”
—“How do my Lenten practices help move my heart closer to God?”
The prophet Joel says that God wants our hearts. Lent is a time to “rend” and convert our hearts. Penances are necessary, but God does not want them as much as He desires your heart.
How do my Lenten practices help move my heart closer to God?.