Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday of the First Week
Think of someone you dearly love.  Now, imagine something’s gone wrong between you.  Your visits have been short and conversations strained and curt.  For the life of you, you can’t figure out what’s happened, what you have done to deserve this treatment.  So you wait for this person to open up and talk with you, but a wall of silence starts to build between you and you find you’re drifting apart. 

Today’s readings act for us as Jonah did for the Ninevites, a voice breaking through the clutter of daily activities and responsibilities, reminding us to consider if we are moving toward or away from God.  Saving a relationship requires repentance.  Repentance is not saying you’re sorry, though contrition may be involved.  Repentance is recognizing that your current way of thinking and acting toward another is taking you away from what you truly love.  It is having the courage and strength to turn back around and ask, “What can I do to heal what’s gone wrong?” 
God, help me find the courage to put my blinding pride aside so that I may return to Your love.

Jeffrey Adams, Professor of Psychology

First Reading: Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
Gospel: Luke 11:29-32

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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