Ash Wednesday – A time of grace

 

Scripture Reading – Joel 2:12-13

‘But now, now – it is Yahweh who speaks – come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning.’ Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn, turn to Yahweh your God again, for he is all tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, and ready to relent.

Cardinal“The season of Lent is a time of grace given to us by God, in order to live in a more deliberate and conscious manner that element of Christian life which we call change of heart.

It is a time for special effort, of preparation for the celebration of the great feast of Easter, the Resurrection of the Lord. The grace we shall receive on that day is related to the kind of preparation we make to celebrate it.

In this reading, emphasis is put on the return to God. This is an emphasis of what must always be part of our Christian life, which is a constant change of heart – away from those things that separate us from God, towards those things which unite us to him.

Therefore in this period of concentration which we call Lent, part of our resolution must be to increase our life of prayer. If we do this, then we can be certain that God will speak to us, and guide us, and make increasingly clear to us what it may be in our lives which prevents our having a union with him, which is what he wants, and what, deep down, we want.” Cardinal Hume

Prayer

Father, help me to turn to you this Lent. Please guide me towards a deeper union with you.

For the Cardinal Hume Centre

Father, please guide the young homeless people living at the Cardinal Hume Centre away from fear and loneliness, and come to learn that there is still hope.

Portrait of a casual young man“One day I was hit with the realisation that I didn’t need to live like this, that there was another way. It seriously was like a bolt of lightning”

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