All of today’s Scripture texts speak a sharp and direct word to us in recovery.  The reading from the Prophet Joel [2:12-18], “Rend your hearts not your garments”,  makes us look inward to our desires, our evil doing, our tendency to be selfish, greedy etc.  This stance requires a great deal of humbleness and not a little fortitude of spirit.  But what better time to get to work on “cleaning house” than the holy season of Lent.  The Corinthian reading for today, 2 Cor. 5:20 – 6:2, exhorts us to be reconciled to God.  “Behold, now is the acceptable time.”

Finally, the Gospel ascribed for Ash Wednesday, Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18, “Your Father who sees in secret will repay you”, pulls the shade on any outward show of good deeds done for the wrong reason.  We are not about building up our own egos but rather we are about keeping our eyes fixed on our Higher Power.  Doing so will eliminate or at least cut down the tendency to be seen as a do-gooder.   We have The Lord’s word for this:  “Your Father who sees you in secret will reward you”.

Prayer:  Father, You know my needs for this Lent.  Help me to listen to Your promptings in my heart and have the courage to carry out these promptings.

These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.