Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Convert us, O God our Savior, and instruct or minds by heavenly teaching, that we may benefit from the works of Lent. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15; Matthew 25:31-46
Bring us back to you. We repeat our desire that God bring us home from our wandering. We know that in the confusion that surrounds us and can fill us, we need the gift of Wisdom.
It is fitting that our very first “lesson” in our faith, is the last judgment scene that Jesus paints for us. We will be judged on whether we: fed the hungry, welcomed the stranger; clothed the naked; comforted the sick; visited the imprisoned. It is powerful to re-learn this wisdom – Jesus identifies with each of these “least” cared for.
Who might we feed, welcome, clothe, comfort or visit this week? As my heart might “resist” this mission, I might beg to be brought back, with all my heart.
God of mercy, you gave us new life through baptism, – make us grow day by day in your likeness.
May our generosity today bring joy to those in need, – in helping them may we find you.
Help us to do what is good, right and true in your sight, – and to seek you always with undivided hearts.
Forgive our sins against the unity of your family, – make us one in heart and spirit.
Loving God, you call us back to you with all of our hearts. I feel your call for me deep in my heart and I know you want me back as much as I want to return. Please, Lord, give me the wisdom to know how to return. Make my journey back to you this Lent one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.