[Antiphon 1. See Joel 2:13] “Come back to the Lord with all your heart; leave the past in ashes, and turn to God with tears and fasting, for he is slow to anger and ready to forgive.”
I found myself reading these words from the Missal over and over again earlier this evening at Ash Wednesday Mass. They seemed to be calling to me, part invitation, part challenge. Leave the past in ashes. Leave the past in ashes. Leave the past in ashes.
Is there something about being forgiven that I haven’t truly believed? Or is there something from the past to which I am clinging, impeding me from moving forward? Perhaps this will be a part of my Lenten journey this year.
May you all have a blessed Lent, as we travel together towards Easter, each of us with our unique invitation/challenge from the Lord.