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March 12, 2014
WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT
“Littleness” is a theme that runs throughout the readings. The Ninevites reacted by donning sackcloths, fasting from everything, and hoping against hope that God would change his mind.
They had sinned, reflected on their mistakes, and want to do something about it. Does that sound familiar?
What do you offer God? “For you are not pleased with sacrifices; should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.” (Psalm 51:18)
As Catholics, we are called to examine our consciences to become aware of our sinfulness, and frequent the sacrament of reconciliation. When it comes to forgiveness, God calls us inward, not outward. That’s the miracle of the Messiah! He doesn’t want us to slaughter our fattened calf in the new covenant. He wants his gift to be unmatched. As he saves us, he asks for only one thing in return—contrition.
- Christ loves me more than anyone in the world. He wraps me in a bear hug and has pulled every thorn from my side. He has made me young and whole. How grateful am I to him?
- When I go to confession, do I approach the sacrament with contrition? Am I truly sorry for my sins, even those which I seem to confess over and over again?
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St. Mary’s Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday. (79)