Last updated on February 21, 2021
Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.
Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
My offences truly I know them;
my sin is always before me
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done.
That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge,
O see, in guilt I was born,
a sinner was I conceived.
Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
that the bones you have crushed may thrill.
From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.
A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.
Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervour sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.
O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.
For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit,
a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.
Lent, A Corona Virus Year Later
One year later we’re in a coronavirus routine that feels like we’ve been through a year-long Lent, carrying the heavy cross of restrictions depriving us of life centred around the Eucharist.
Christ is everything. In him, alive in the Eucharist, all our needs are met, especially our deepest, the need to be loved. Nothing else satisfies or strengthens us in our daily walk through life.
St Pio’s thoughts on the importance of the Mass:
It would be easier for the earth to live without the sun than without Holy Mass.
Temptations to discouragement have probably increased with the Old Boy lurking at the door waiting for us to give in. You can click here to read how I handled that in 2020.
Trials come and go, some very persistent. Whatever the time in which we find the trial, Lent is the door to allowing Jesus into our hearts so that we can give him our love and our all. It’s in the gift of ourselves that we find him showing up more.
We’ve been hearing St Mark tell us what it’s like when he begins his public ministry, the work for which he was born. People are astounded at who he is, and what he does. The deaf hear, sickness is healed and demons flee those they have taken up residence in.
Oddly, it’s the demons who know Jesus is the Son of God and the Divine authority he carries. (Mark 1.23-26)
Humans are puzzled, wondering where he got all this. (Mark 1: 27)
Lent is here to lead us closer to the One who St. Paul tells us, “…can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.”
Nothing but our will can prevent us from seeking him more. In that seeking, through prayer and fasting intensified in Lent, he will come to us. That’s all we need in whatever trial we’re in because we’ll know and experience that everything is okay. After all, he has authority over everything.