Today provides us the opportunity to contemplate the meaning of the season of Lent. In the preparation reflections we have had over the past few days, we have been thinking about what it is we can do to have a deeper relationship with Jesus and to be more active in the Church. Whatever you decided, remember that it is about prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Today begins Lent. How will you rend your heart in what you give up or taken on? How will what you do for Lent open your hearts more fully to loving God and loving neighbor.
Are you ready to die to sin? The prophet Joel uses the custom of tearing garments as a symbol of grief, but takes it a step farther. The tearing of the garment is to expose the broken heart. Joel calls for tearing the heart itself.