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Ash Wednesday Reflection

A beautiful invitation awaits us today. The prophet Joel urges all of us to ‘return to the Lord, your God, for God is gracious and merciful.’ His invitation sets such a positive, encouraging tone as we begin Lent. The ashes we receive on our foreheads today mark us as willing travellers on this faith journey.

We the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood accompany you with our prayer as we journey together towards Easter.

“Come and stay at my house today”

By Joyce Rupp

Jesus, this Lent I am yearning to wear a Zacchaeus heart.
I am wanting to hear you call my name just as you did his.
I am anxious to know that you are inviting yourself to my home.
I am humbled, amazed, excited, and astounded, just as he was.
But that is where the desire to wear a Zacchaeus heart stops,
because I know what happens when you visit someone’s house.
Conversations occur. Choices are presented. Changes happen.
That’s because you look for more than dust when you come to visit
and you talk about things more vital than the weather.
You move into the heart’s dimension. You gaze deeply.
You don’t just dwell. You interact. You activate.
You dwell so lovingly that the truth cannot be resisted.
This Lent help me to welcome you and yearn for your love.
Give me a Zacchaeus heart that turns around and sees the truth.
I need the gaze of your love to remind me of my truest self.
I, too, need the strong call to make amends and start anew.
Hurry, Jesus, come and stay at my house today.

From Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems, and Reflections for Every Season by Joyce Rupp, well known for her work as a writer, a spiritual “midwife,” and retreat and conference speaker.