GOD IS NOW PRESENTING HIS GIFT TO US: THE HOLY GIFT OF LENT.
THE WRAPPING PAPER OF HIS GIFT MAY DISGUISE THE ETERNAL TREASURES INSIDE.
CHRIST JESUS IS OUR DESIRE, OUR JOURNEY, OUR DESTINATION.
ON ASH WEDNESDAY, WE STAND AT HIS ALTAR AND ADORN OUR
FOREHEADS WITH HIS PREFERRED GARMENT,
THE GARMENT THAT THEY CAST LOTS FOR (MT 27:35)...
THE GARMENT OF HIS HUMILITY.
OUR ASHES PROCLAIM OUR FINITENESS BEFORE OUR INFINITE GOD.
HUMILITY ABSORBS AND DESTROYS SIN. HUMILITY HAS A NAME. IN THE HUMBLE
ACCEPTANCE OF OUR ASHES, WE COVER OURSELVES WITH HIS GARMENT.
THE PRIDE OF OUR ORIGINAL SIN TURNS TO DUST ON OUR FOREHEAD.
THE FATHER SEES AND LOVES IN US WHAT HE SAW AND LOVED IN HIS SON.
HE SEES THE ONE TO WHOM HIS SON GAVE, NOT
JUST HIS SHIRT, BUT HIS COAT AS WELL (MATTHEW 5:40).
HIS NAKED BODY ON THE CROSS REVEALS SOMETHING OF THE MYSTERY OF THE TOTALITY OF HIS GIFT.
HE WANTS TO GIVE US
HIS ALL, TO EMPTY
US HIS EQUAL.
HOW CAN WE FIND HIM?
WE BEGIN OUR JOURNEY OF LENT BY JOINING ST ANSELM IN HIS CALL TO INTERIOR SILENCE.
"Longing to see God" "Proslogion" of St Anselm -
"Flee your preoccupations for a little while. Hide
yourself for a time from your turbulent thoughts. Cast aside, now,
your heavy responsibilities and put off your burdensome burden.
Make a little space free for God; and rest for a little time in him.
Enter the inner chamber of your mind; shut out all thoughts. Keep
only thought of God, and thoughts that can aid you in seeking Him.
Close your door and seek him. Speak now, my whole heart!
Speak now to God, saying, I seek your face; your face, Lord, will I seek.
And come you now, O Lord my God, teach my heart where and how
it may seek you, where and how it may find you.
Lord, you are my God, and you are my Lord, and never have I see
you. You have made me and renewed me, you have given me all the
good things that I have, and I have not yet met you. I was created to
see you, and I have not yet done the thing for which I was made.
When will you enlighten my eyes, and show me your face?
When will you restore yourself to me?
Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me when I seek you, for
I cannot seek you unless you teach me, nor find you unless you reveal
yourself. Let me seek you in longing, let me long for you in seeking;
let me find you by loving you and love you in the act of finding you."