Lent 2016


Lent is a time when the Christian church around the world prepares for the celebration of the greatest mystery of faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Spend a few moments each day to stop and think what the resurrection means to you:

Follow the link to a daily lenten reading here

"Have mercy on me, O God..." Psalm 51 v 1

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

God's mercy is greater than our sins.  There is an awareness of sin that does not lead to God but to self-preoccupation.  Our temptation is to be so impressed by our sins and failings and so overwhelmed by our lack of generosity that we get stuck in a paralyzing guilt.  It is the guilt that says: "I am too sinful to deserve God's mercy."  It is the guilt that leads to introspection instead of directing our eyes to God.  It is the guilt that has become an idol and therefore a form of pride.  Lent is the time to break down this idol and to direct our attention to our living Lord.  The question is: "Are we like Judas, who was so overcome by his sin that he could not believe in God's mercy any longer and hanged himself, or are we like Peter who returned to his Lord with repentance and cried bitterly for his sins?" 

Lord, cleanse me of my hard-heartedness.  Help me embrace your infinite mercy and love in my life.