Lent is restoring God as our “default”

40 Shades of Lent, Thursday, Week I, 05 March 2020

Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 +++ 0 +++ Matthew 7:7-12

Photo by author, Parokya ni San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, 01 March 2020, Bagbaguin, Santa Maria, Bulacan.

O God our Father, you know very well how ignorant I am with computers and the Internet. But, somehow, Lord, I have learned something very important with computers like the “default system” whereby a computer setting is on a desired preexisting configuration useful to the user.

On this season of Lent, help us to restore our default system in you, O God!

Make us stop “surfing” the universe for better default systems for there is no one better than you whom we must always have as our first option in everything, whether in good times or in bad.

Like Queen Esther in our first reading today who only had you as her recourse in seeking help for her countrymen:

“Now help me, who am alone and have no one but you, O Lord, my God… come to help me, an orphan. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion, and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy, so that he and those who are in league with him may perish. Save us from the hands of our enemies; turn our mourning into gladness and our sorrows into wholeness.”

Esther C: 13, 24-26

Create a clean heart in me, O God, so that I may always seek and follow you.

Most of all, incline my heart to you always so you may dwell in me to let justice and love and mercy reign in me. Amen.

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