Tuesday of the second week of Lent
The readings for the day can be found here.
In the first reading today from Isaiah God cries out for our conversion, for our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls to be purified in Him. But what does that mean? In calling us to wash ourselves clean, God is inviting us to live more authentic, intentional lives. And to find our most authentic selves it takes purifying ourselves of the distractions, of the addictive habits, of the vanities, of anything that defines us as human beings in anything but God.
Ash Wednesday we took our first step in publicly proclaiming with the sign of the cross on our foreheads, a public sign of our recommitment to live lives for Christ and with Christ in accordance with the gospel message. Our challenge now, almost two weeks later is to take our commitment beyond the simple proclamation and to truly define ourselves in our actions as living, breathing servants of Christ. Without this commitment we are just individuals with ashes on our forehead.
And so we are called in this time of Lent not only to purification, but to authenticity in which the proclamations of our passions are equally reflected in the way we live our lives. This is reflected in the gospel message for today, which rebukes the scribes and the Pharisees who preach but do not practice. We must then ask ourselves, how do we present ourselves, what beliefs do we profess, who do we say that we are and are those proclamations concurrent with the actions we take or fail to take. If in asking these questions we find any discrepancy or mismatch, it is our holy responsibility to seek changes that allow us to live a more honest and integrated life.
And so my challenge to you and to myself is to seek honest, genuine human lives that allow who you are to be expressed always in what you do. What better way to truly be honest for ourselves and others than to live it out with our lives.