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For Lent 1:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
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"Repent and believe the Good News..."
We start the season of Lent with the Gospel theme: repent and believe the Good News of what God has done, is doing, and will do by the death and resurrection of Christ in us and through us in human history by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Try to diagram that sentence!]
So what will change in your life in these next weeks because of the personal Lenten program you have adopted ó if you have adopted one!?
If you say, "nothing will change," I will believe you because I know how hard it is to change our habits. If you can say, "I am making some progress," then I applaud you and thank God for the struggle underway.
"Repent" means to turn away from or turn around. You see, God calls us into an intimate relationship to the Divine "in the face of Jesus" (2 Cor 4:6). The Almighty wants us to live in the Present in the Presence!
That means the Lord calls each of us from where we are into a path of life walking toward the fullness in body, mind and Spirit which we will discover living in the divine presence throughout our lives. Thatís the goal or the target.
"Sin" in Greek means to be off target, so anything that keeps us off that path is sin and needs to be weeded out of our lives. Yet we are so easily attached to the things and events and people of the past.
We may have been deeply hurt in the past by someone we love. That scar continues to be present with us, and if we dwell on it as the victim, if we have not found ways to heal, then we are still being dragged off target. We are still suffering the effects of sin, the effects of the violence and hurt done to us. Christ invites us to turn to Him and be healed.
Contemplative prayer, the quiet coming before the Lord and letting Him speak to us without words, heart to heart, can bring healing to such deep wounds.
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