Joel 2:12-18; Psalm 51; 2 Corinthians 5:20–6:2; Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
How is your spiritual life? Who are you, deep down in your heart of hearts? What gives you deep joy? What refreshes you? What helps you through the frenzy of modern life? If your answers to any of these questions tend to involve drugs (even chocolate or caffeine!), shopping, loud music, mindless comedies or horror flicks, or any object outside of yourself, then Lent is probably the time for you! Paul’s letter to the Corinthians today is written to you: “Brothers and sisters: We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God…We appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Now is the time to build up that spiritual side of you, to find the beauty and strength within you so that you can be strong in time of trial and at peace in time of disorder. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the methods to do this; finding a good spiritual “trainer” is a good way to keep on the journey.
Are Paul’s words written to you? Who could you ask to be your guide on a spiritual journey?