“Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
2nd Corinthians Chapter 6, Verse 2
Reaching the fullness of life… isn’t that what we all want? Not in a material sense but in a deeply spiritual way—by relieving a hurt, eliminating some past guilt, or just finding a new direction that’s centered on doing good and witnessing God’s love. Fortunately, we have a way. It’s called Lent and the possibility of second chances.
This Wednesday we observe the ritual of the ashes and the beginning of Lent. We know the ashes are a reminder of our mortality, and Lent a time of denial. But I prefer to think of these sacred traditions as something more… a chance to start over and realize our full potential as sons and daughters of the Lord destined for eternal life.
So rather than focus on giving something up, how about focusing on something you can affirm—perhaps a relationship that means a lot to you but needs a little work. Is there some small thing you can say or do? An act of kindness that could help?
Lent is an opportunity to witness the Gospel with conviction because we are preparing to spend all eternity with our God. It’s a time to lighten our burdens and find comfort in our faith.
Friend, I will be praying for you during the 40 days of Lent as we prepare to receive the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday. The best way I know to find God is to remember that the good we do now is our pathway to heaven. May your personal Lent this year be the second chance you have longed for.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.
Prayer for 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I praise You
O gracious God of second chances
Who never gives up on me.
Though I repeatedly stumble and fall
You stand ready to catch me and
help me up again.
By Your three falls on Your way
to crucifixion on Calvary
give me the strength and courage
always to get up again.
Confident Your power to save
is greater than my power to sin
may I always rely only on Your mercy.
Free me from discouragement
save me from despair
deliver me from indifference
that I might learn to live and love
anew beginning here, beginning now.
Prayer by Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.