As we begin the first week of Lent, the scripture readings tell us about sin, offenses, temptations, Satan, etc. These words can make us feel down, sad or perhaps, hopeless. These are all appropriate feelings but Lent is much more than that. Lent, which means springtime, is a time to reflect on things that we may have been able to do better (darkness) with the hope that light will shine through us.
In the responsorial Psalm for the first Sunday of Lent, we pray, “Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.” We are blessed because we have a God who is always merciful, who loves us unconditionally and who is always there for us.
When did I feel the mercy and forgiveness of God in my life?
Were there times when I could have chosen better words to say or maybe acted differently toward someone? Did I ask for their forgiveness?
Did I speak with God and ask for mercy and forgiveness? If yes, did I feel the ‘hug of God?’
We are reminded in Romans 5:15-16 that we receive grace from God. Grace is a gift freely given to us by God.
Am I aware of the different graces that I receive from God?
What are some of the gifts that I have received?