Posted by: livingscripture | March 6, 2012

Second Tuesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“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 should we live this Word 

It is not easy to forgive, but it is much harder to forgive ourselves!  Faced with admitting our mistake, we often are recalcitrant, not because we fear the condemnation of others, but because we find it difficult to fall short in some way in our own eyes.  In the last analysis, it is the subtle temptation of Adam’s desire to be infallible, to be god.

Sometimes even that insistence on the fact that we are sinners is a subtle and masked anger at being a sinner and thus in need of forgiveness.  Today’s Liturgy warns us to be on guard against the traps of our self love.  It tells us to open ourselves to the breath of the Spirit who gives us forgiveness capable of restoring us to ourselves, making us new creatures.  It is a journey of humility that necessitates the acknowledgement and acceptance of our situation as creatures, marked by limitations and therefore, capable of sinning, and consequently in need of forgiveness from our brothers and sisters and from God.

We must pass from our narcissism to the joyful discovery that nothing is irreparable in life if we allow grace to reach us.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will not dwell on the remembrance of my sins but I will rejoice in the forgiveness that has already totally canceled them.

Lord, give me a new heart capable of remaining before You and rejoicing in what you work in my life. 

The voice of the Fathers of the Desert from the Apothegms 

One day a soldier asked an elderly man if God grants pardon to sinners.  The elderly man answered, “Tell me, dearest one, if your cape is torn, do you throw it away?”  The soldier responded, “No, I fix it and I continue to use it.”  The elderly man concluded, “If you take such care of your cape, won’t God be merciful toward His own image?”

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