40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent, 29 March 2023 Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 > +++ < John 8:31-42
Listening to your words today, O God our Father, prompted me to examine my sins of omission; they are the least easily noticed of my sins because they are what I have failed to do. Even if we confess it daily at the start of the Mass, I rarely recall my sins of omission.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may he save us! But even if he will not, know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue that you set up.”Daniel 3:16-17
Forgive me, O God, in the many times I never had the same courage of the three young men in standing by my faith in You, in choosing to do what is right and good even if it would mean suffering and discomfort for me; many times, it is during these moments when I commit my sins of omission: when I become less charitable with others in my dealings with them, when I fail to meet the requirements of love in exercising my different duties. Forgive me, O God, in the many times I failed to stand up for You, for others, for what is right and just due to pressures and worst, out of personal favors I get or simply, when I am afraid to do what is right.
In Jesus' name, dear Father, help me to be truthful, to always seek and stand by the truth so I may be free from bondage to sin, free from fears in order to be free to know myself better and most especially to follow Jesus by remaining in his word.
Grant me the grace, Lord, to discover sins I am not aware of so that I may have the grace to know myself better to serve you in others. Amen.