We are now in the fifth week of Lent. Lent is almost over. Have you made an intentional decision to do some type of prayer, fasting or almsgiving service during Lent? You still have time. The Gospel informs us that the “hour has come.”
There is always so much going on in our lives; Lent is a time to slow down, and to simplify what’s going on. It is a time to re-organize our priorities to give God the pride of place. As Jesus says in the Gospel this week, “It is for this purpose that I came to this Hour.” So, Lent is the time for us to reflect on our true purpose. It is a time to sit quietly in intentional prayer, so that like Jesus, we can hear what God wants for each of us: for God’s name to be glorified through our life.
We glorify God’s name by the way we live our lives. As the prophet Jerimiah states, God will place his law within us and write it in our hearts. But for this to happen we must spend time with God, searching our hearts, and praying as the psalmist, “Create a clean heart in me, O God.”
On Tuesday evening, we will hold our Lenten Penance Service. It is your opportunity to live the words of the psalmist that we heard this morning. “Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.”
God is constantly reaching out to us, if only we allow Him to catch us. He wants to be our God, and He wants us to be His people. He wills “All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more.”
In prayer and preparation,