Young Adults of St Francis

March 5, 2014 – Ash Wednesday

Posted on: March 6, 2014

RE-LENT, RE-TURN AND REPENT

“…relenting in punishment. Perhaps He will again relent and leave behind Him a blessing.” —Joel 2:13-14
Joel proclaims in today’s first Ash Wednesday reading that God will relent on the punishment we have earned by the wages of our sins (Rm 6:23), if we return to Him with our whole heart (Jl 2:12). As Lent begins, the Church urges us to implore God to relent and have mercy on us (Ps 51:3), forgive our sins, and bring us back to Him.

God also implores us to “re-lent,” that is, to enter year after year into the spirit of Lent with our whole heart. He tells us through the prophet Joel to “re-turn” to Him and “quit” the ways of the world, even those which might be good (Jl 2:16), for His sake. Through the Church, He calls us to “turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.” We don’t just turn away from worldly things; we turn to the Lord God.

Re-Lenting and re-turning must lead to repenting. During Lent, focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. With true sorrow, repent of your sins, confess them to the Lord, and let Him take away the guilt of your sin (see Ps 32:5). Repent of turning to the lifestyle of the world and the preoccupations of the flesh. Return to Him (Jl 2:13). Abandon yourself completely into this season of returning, repenting, and relenting. The Lord says: “Return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God” (Jl 2:12-13).

This year, don’t simply go through the exercises and motions of Lent. Re-lent, repent, and re-turn to the Lord.

Prayer: Jesus, reconcile me to Your Father (2 Cor 5:20).
Promise: “Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!” —2 Cor 6:2
Praise: During Lent, Bill, a vice-president in a large corporation, skips his daily lunch hour to go to noon Mass.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 8, 2013.
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.

CEDER, REGRESAR Y ARREPENTIRSE

“…Cediendo en el castigo. Quién sabe si él no se volverá atrás y se arrepentirá, y dejará detrás de sí una bendición” (Joel 2:13-14).
Joel proclama, que Dios tendrá compasión frente a nuestros pecados (Rom 6:23), si volvemos a Él de todo corazón (Jl 2:12). La Iglesia nos invita a implorar a Dios para que tenga piedad de nosotros (Sal 51:3), perdone nuestros pecados y nos lleve de nuevo a Él.

Dios también nos implora a que dejemos atrás lo que nos impide entrar a la Cuaresma con todo nuestro corazón. El Profeta nos invita a que “volvamos a Él “, dejando atrás incluso aquellas que pudieran ser buenas (Jl 2:16). Dios nos llama a “dejar el pecado y creer en el Evangelio.” No ha de ser un simple giro contrario a cosas mundanas, sino el que nos lleva a Dios nuestro Señor.

El despojarse de lo que nos impide vivir en santidad y regresar a la vida de Dios nos debe llevar al arrepentimiento. Durante la Cuaresma, participemos con mayor frecuencia enfoquémonos en el Sacramento de la Reconciliación. Con sincero pesar, arrepintámonos de nuestros pecados, confesémoslos al Señor, y que Él perdone la culpa de nuestro pecado (Cfr. Sal 32:5). Arrepintámonos de regresar a la forma de vida del mundo y de las preocupaciones de la carne. Volvamos a Él (Jl 2:13). Entreguémonos por completo en esta temporada de regreso y arrepentimiento y volvamos a ceder. El Señor dice: “vuelvan a mí de todo corazón, con ayuno, llantos y lamentos. Desgarren su corazón y no sus vestiduras, y vuelvan al Señor, su Dios” (Jl 2:12-13).

Este año, no vivan los días de Cuaresma sin pensar. Aprovechen la oportunidad para cambiar, arrepentirse y regresar al Señor.

Oración: Jesús, reconcíliame con Tu Padre (2 Co 5:20).
Promesa: “¡Este es el tiempo favorable, este es el día de la salvación!” (2 Co 6:02).
Alabanza: Durante la Cuaresma, Bill, un vicepresidente de una corporación grande, durante su hora de almuerzo, va a la Misa del mediodía.
(Esta enseñanza fue presentada por un miembro del equipo editorial).
Rescripto: Según el Código de Derecho Canónico, se otorga el Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) a Un Pan, Un Cuerpo por el periodo desde 1 de febrero de 2014 hasta 31 de marzo de 2014 incluso.
†Reverendísimo Joseph R. Binzer, Obispo auxiliar y Vicario general de la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati, 8 de augusto de 2013.
El Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) es una declaración que un libro o folleto se considera libre de error doctrinal o moral. No implica acuerdo con contenido, opiniones o afirmaciones expresadas en el mismo.
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1 Response to "March 5, 2014 – Ash Wednesday"

Doing things with your whole heart may be difficult. For me it is. But the great thing is, over the forty days, you can wade in deeper and deeper, until you are fully in the water, and then let God’s grace and mercy change you. You can even ask him to help you get your whole heart out there. Some of us can jump right in, but some of us need the Lord to lead us out, holding our hand, step by step. If you can’t jump right in, ask the lord to increase your generosity of heart, your courage, and your trust each day so that before the end of Lent, you and the Lord can look back at the shore and say “see how far we have come”.

Prayer from a prayer book on the Sacred Heart:

Oh sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore
that I may ever love Thee more and more.

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