“Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes, cease doing evil, learn to do good. Make justice your aim, redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s pleas, defend the widow.” Isaiah 1: 16-17
I have never operated under the illusion that I am a stellar housekeeper. I do appreciate order, though, and we work on keeping surfaces clean. We try. And I thought we were doing a decent job, until we moved. After the movers left with our furniture, I looked about, practically in horror. The dust, the bits and pieces of stuff, the marks on the wall? How well it had all been hidden, revealed only when life had been shaken up and moved around.
We can get complacent, can’t we? Lent gives us an opportunity to move the stuff of our interior life around as we remove some things, our Lenten sacrifices, and add others, more prayer and acts of mercy.
That change can be startling and hard. But it’s exactly what we need to see ourselves, and our merciful Father, all the more clearly.
Lord, may we be renewed and encouraged by our Lenten disciplines.
Read: Isaiah 1: 10, 16-20, Psalm 50: 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23, Matthew 23: 1-12