Wednesday 14 February 2018
Psalter Week IV. Ash Wednesday. Day of Fast and Abstinence.
Joel 2:12-18. Psalm 50(51):3-6, 12-14, 17. 2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned—Psalm 50(51):3-6, 12-14, 17.
‘This is how you should pray.’
Today, the first day of Lent, is a time of fast and abstinence. Lent is traditionally a time of penance, reflection and fasting, a time that prepares us for Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Today we take some time to ask: What does Lent mean for me?
How will I prepare for Easter?
For some, Lent is a time for giving; for others, it is a time to do without. Maybe Lent is a time for removing distractions from our life so that we can make time and space for God.
Dear Lord, I offer you my Lenten promise, in preparation for Easter. I pray for the grace and strength I need to keep my promise. I draw courage from your example and thank you, Lord, knowing that you keep your promises to me.