The first reading from the Book of Daniel brings us more deeply into the spirit of Lent. It describes to us the majesty of God. In His being “great and awesome,” His “merciful covenant” to those who are faithful to Him remains. Have you ever seen a beautiful thing and declare how awesome it is? This is the picture of our God in this season of Lent. We are encouraged to acknowledge our awesome loving God.
A favorite expression among followers of St. Ignatius is that we are “sinners yet loved.” Perhaps this brings us hope to continue to live in a world where war and poverty, violence to persons as well as to environment have become daily occurrences. We continue to do the things we want. How many abortions happen each day? How many lives are lost due to some environmental destructions? How many children die of malnutrition and starvation? Have we ever looked at ourselves to see how we have been part of these structural sins?
Today, let us ask for the Father’s forgiveness. Let us ask for His
mercy. Let us pray that we be given the grace to open our hearts and
accept God’s forgiving love — He who sent His only Beloved Son to be
with us and restore all things in Him. Every day we must express our
faith in our God of compassion and forgiveness.