Monday, second week of Lent
We’re already a little more than one-quarter of the way through our Lenten retreat!
How’s it going?
O God who have taught us
to chasten our bodies
for the healing of our souls,
enable us, we pray,
to abstain from all sins,
and strengthen our hearts
to carry out Your loving commands.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening prayer of today’s Mass)
Daniel 9:4-10 (Daniel confesses his people’s sin and begs forgiveness)
Psalm 79:8-13 “Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins”
+Luke 6:36-38 (as you give and forgive, so shall you receive and be forgiven)
Just give it up!
The fools are posturing again,
demanding blessings for their sad pretense,
the laughingstocks of Heaven
–but not themselves.
Oh no, they’re serious.
They’ve sunk their faith deep in their poor charade!
They know not God.
God’s mercy measures their mirage and pays in full…with exile.
Contrast the prayer that wings its way to Heaven
from exiled lips,
refreshing in its humble ring of truth:
Lord, great and awesome God…
We have sinned, been wicked and done evil…
Justice, O Lord, is on Your side;
we are shamefaced even to this day…
But Yours, O Lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!
-Daniel 9:4, 5, 7, 9
He knows himself.
He knows his God!
He knows there’s no excuse.
Glad, glad the hosts that pour out Heaven’s answer,
like measure for such generosity!
Give, and it shall be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.
God rests His case.
Do I expect good things from God based on my appearance of goodness
(do I realize that He–and all of Heaven–can see right through it)?
Would I be pleased if the judgment I measure out to others was measured back to me,
good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing?
What about my forgiveness or my generosity?
How can I be more like Daniel (the exile)?