Wednesday, February 18, 2015

02-18-2015 -- Ash Wednesday, Year B

February 18, 2015 - Ash Wednesday, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church


Once again, we hear the words of the prophet Joel calling us to conversion. Thus says the Lord: return to me with your whole heart.

The ashes we receive on our foreheads today remind us of our need to return to the Lord.

For the next forty days we put away our alleluias to remind ourselves of our need to change; we need to work on our spiritual well being.

We know that we need to change our ways. We know that Jesus calls us to be better people. We know that we should act with greater charity.

Here we are at the beginning again. So, what to do? Jesus gives us our program for success by calling us to fasting prayer and almsgiving.

But these sacrifices are not an end in and of themselves. These Lenten penances are meant to change our hearts.

If we fast because we want to lose some weight, at the end of the forty days we already have our reward.

We should fast because our sacrifice helps us make room for God. Our fast helps us to strengthen our bodies so that we can carry our crosses with grace and strength.

If we pray because we want to increase our material wealth or we want other people to do things our way, then at the end of the forty days we already have our reward.

We should pray because we want to deepen our friendship with the Lord Jesus. We pray that Almighty God draw nearer to us and change our hearts.

As our prayer helps us deepen our relationship with the Lord Jesus, it also improves our relationships with others.

If we give to charity so that we can justify our continued lying and stealing and cheating, then at the end of the forty days we have already have our reward.

We should give alms as a service to the poor in order to increase our own capacity for generosity.

Our almsgiving helps us begin to see God in others and changes our hearts so that we are able to reach out and help those in need.

Now is the acceptable time to be reconciled to God. Now is the acceptable time to change our hearts and change our lives.

Now is the time to commit ourselves to living spiritually well-rounded lives, lives of faith, lives of hope, lives of love.

Let the ashes that we receive on our foreheads this day remind us of our need to change.

Let the hunger that we experience on this day of fasting be a hunger for the Lord. May these penances remind us of our need to repent and believe in the Gospel.


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