Wed 14th Feb 2018

Joel 2:12-18
Ps. 51(50):3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17
2 Cor. 5:20-6:2
Mt. 6:1-6,16-18

The entrance Antiphon for Ash Wednesday states the basic doctrine for the meaning of lent and the whole Christ event. First all, God, the Blessed Trinity, does not hate anything He created.

Secondly, when Adam and Eve sinned, God did not repent of having created them or us, their descendants; God did not give up on us. God looked beyond our sins to guide us to repentance and reconciliation. So God continued and crowned the work of creation with the work of redemption and of sanctification.

In Jesus, God opened for us the way to holiness so that he would see and love in us what he saw and loved in Christ, as one of the Prefaces of the Mass for Sundays in Ordinary Time expresses it so beautifully and so encouragingly.

A saying attributed to St Augustine teaches us that God, who created us with asking us, will not save us without asking us. Our cooperation with God’s grace is necessary to enable us to enjoy the reconciliation Jesus won for us on the Cross. Lent is a special time in which to avail ourselves of God’s pardon and peace.

Lord God, bring us to the fullness of reconciliation in holiness with You.