Blessed Ash Wednesday!
Joel 2: 12-18 (God is merciful when we repent)
Psalm 51:3-17 “Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned”
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 (We beg you: be reconciled to God!)
+Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 (Our prayer, fasting and almsgiving are to be done
in a spirit of conversion, not for show)
I don’t know when
the snowdrops bloomed.
There was no flashy fanfare
to announce their slow emergence
from the darkness of the earth.
I just noticed that the snow was gone
and there they were!
True growth of soul,
that develop into fruits,
are like those shoots,
and over time
as I respond
shining on my soul
and calling me
How patient am I with the growth of my own soul and the souls of others?
Do I try to substitute impressive external actions for lasting change of heart?