Scripture Reading: Psalm 15:1-5
Let us begin our reflection by sharing Fr. Benedict M. Heron’s (a priest and a monk) views on the continuous journey of repentance drawn from his book, Come Holy Spirit; Help us to pray: “The saints usually have a greater spirit of repentance than the rest of us. Being nearer to Jesus than we are, they can see more clearly than we the spiritual things in our lives which are not like the life of Jesus, the failings which are not in line with the teachings of Jesus. So we are all called, not only to go on repenting, but also to go on growing in the grace and virtue of repentance. As the years go by, I find new areas in my life where repentance is needed. I do not think I am more sinful than I used to be — thanks to the grace of God and the prayers of other people. But I am more aware for certain of my life where I need to repent; I am also sure that there are still further areas awaiting repentance. I think that sin goes so deep in each of us, that it is normally only little by little that we are able to face up to the necessity of repentance.” One of the costly mistakes that believers make as soon as they declare for Jesus is to think that repentance is no longer necessary. The problem is that we fail most times to see the need for continuous sanitation of sins in our lives even though we have repented. St. Paul says, “So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.” (1 Cor. 10:12) We need to look inwards; though we are Christians, we still find hateful feelings welling within us against our neighbours, and even live in enmity. These when observed, should be dealt with immediately so that all trapped sins and sinful habits may be expunged from us. So our journey of repentance must aim at perfection. The scripture says in Matthew 5:48 that, “Be perfect therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Thomas Kempis summarizes this reflection thus: “But if thou see or hear any good examples, thou may be spurred on to imitate them. But if thou observe anything that is reprehensible, take heed thou commit not the same or if thou at any time has done it, labour to amend it quickly.”
MASS: VIOLET Dan 3:25. 34-43; Ps 25:4-5ab. 6. 7bc. 8-9 (R.6a); Accl. Joel 2:12-13; Mt 18: 21-35
Thank God for the message He brought to you today.
“Give me, O Lord, the spirit of retirement and of recollection, so that I may become a lover of vigilance and prayer, and thus be able to resist temptations and avoid sin. O God, grant that I may never say anything contrary to Your holy law. Amen.”
Exercise: Endeavour to partake in our Lenten Weekend Retreat holding at St. Paul Catholic Church Nekede, Owerri from the 9th to the 11th.