Thursday after Ash Wednesday
February 18, 2010
At Mass on Ash Wednesday a portion of Saint Paul’s second Letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 5: 20-6: 2) was read during the Liturgy of the Word. In this letter, Paul reminds his listeners that the present is “… a very acceptable time; …now is the day of salvation.”
This “present” and this “now” of which Saint Paul writes are to be understood as a “continual now”, as a “continual present.”
Christianity calls us daily to conversion and to penance; such a call is a life-long vocation. There are, however, certain times and seasons when Jesus offers us His Grace and His Mercy in a particular way; certain times when this call assumes a special urgency.
The Season of Lent is such a period. May each one of us respond generously and undertake those penitential practices recommended to us by the Church. May these 40 days of Lent assist us in our efforts to be fully united to Christianity in His Sacred Passion.
In their various forms, Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving remain normative and are always beneficial. With God’s help may we incorporate them into our daily life during this Lenten Season.
V. We adore Thee, O Christianity, and we praise Thee.
Rx. Because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.