40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent, 02 March 2021 Isaiah 1:10, 16-20 ><}}}*> + ><}}}*> + ><}}}*> Matthew 23:1-12
Thank you, dear God our Father for this wonderful Season of Lent when we are able dwell and contemplate your immense love for us. Despite our many and serious sins that we deserve to be called as “princes of Sodom” and “people of Gomorrah” (Is.1:10) reminiscent of those two cities you have annihilated with fire, you still call us to come to you, ready to forgive us and set things right in our lives.
Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord. Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.Isaiah 1:18
How lovely are those lines from you, Father, “Come now, let us set things right” — filled with love and tenderness, so sincere, so true!
Whose heart would not melt with such an invitation, when we should be the one begging you for mercy and forgiveness?
But, here you are, O Father, so concerned with us that you made the move, even willing to adjust so we may be able to start anew. You are so sweet and comforting that you did not mind going down to our level in your Son Jesus Christ to reach us, fix us, and set things right once and for all.
Give us the grace through your Son Jesus Christ to believe in your love, mercy and forgiveness.
Most of all, give us the courage to turn our hearts back to you, dearest God, to be true and humble as who we really are instead of pretending to be somebody clean and perfect (cf. Mt.23:8-12). Amen.