FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
Kait Fletcher, C '16
"Is this the manner of fasting I wish, of keeping a day of penance: That a man bow his head like a reed and lie in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?"
Simply doing external worship and sacrifice does not please the Lord. These actions must be backed up with an inward sincerity. Many of us fall into the trap of forgetting the purpose behind the additional prayer, fasting, and almsgiving offered during Lent. God does not wish for us to merely appear holy (though appearing holy is not a bad thing). He has a greater plan for us to authentically be holy. An appearance of holiness should stem from one working inwardly on their relationship with God. So, as Lent begins, let us form goals for this holy season that will truly be pleasing to God. Let us avoid the trap of forgetting the purpose of Lent. Let us not become the person whose only offering is to "bow his head like a reed and lie in sackcloth and ashes."
Lord, help me to be authentic in my love for You. Help me to keep the true purpose of Lent central in my life during this holy season. Call me to greater things than mere actions and allow my sacrifices to be acceptable in Your Holy eyes. Amen.
Is 58: 1-9, Ps 51: 3-6, 18-19; Mt 9: 14-15