Prayer of the Day
Ash WednesdayMarch 5th, 2014
The original meaning of Lent was “holy spring.” It was a time when catechumens were prepared for their baptism and public sinners were made ready by public penance for their restoration to the sacramental life at Easter. Today we begin our Lenten journey with ashes. When the ashes are placed on our foreheads in the sign of the Cross, it is a physical sign that we are sinners in need of forgiveness and healing. Lent is a time for us to look more closely at the gospel message and renew our commitment to follow Christ. In today’s gospel (Matt. 6: 1-6, 16-18) Jesus speaks about the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving to be carried out with sincerity of heart. Our fasting or any other special thing we do for Lent must not be an ego trip – a way of seeking the approval of others. Our prayer is best done in secret: “enter your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” The inner room is our deepest self, our heart. In a climate of attentive silence we can hear what God is asking of us.