“He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails.” The Prophet Isaiah reveals more elements of the nature of this Season that have the great potential of making the grandest difference in our lives. In our First Reading of the day, we are clearly told that if we remove ugliness from our speech and selfishness from our mindsets, we can expect with the very promise of God Himself that life will be much better for us and for those around us.
“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” Jesus crowns this wonderful insight by reminding us that before we can get better and grow in this life we must be honest with ourselves. If we think everything is fine and perfect and just “okay” then we have little hope of any transformation during Lent or at any other time of the year. As we prepare the First Sunday of Lent tomorrow, we could say that self-awareness and personal integrity form the bedrock and basis for an awesome life and full life. God has done His part; the rest is up to us.
Lent is about becoming, doing, and changing, whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now. Sister Joan Chittister, OSB