Monday of the 2nd week of Lent
First reading – Daniel 9:4-10
“To the Lord our God mercy and pardon belong, because we have betrayed him, and have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God nor followed the laws he has given us through his servants the prophets”. These words come from a heart which stands before the Lord God and understands two things: who is the Lord is and who I am. Often we don’t have the courage to stand before the Lord. We have shame as the reading says. “Integrity, Lord, is yours; ours the look of shame we wear today…”. But that cowardice or shame must not shut us down in the depth of our sins. We must come before the Lord and face the reality of the Lord and the reality of us. This is where the sacrament of confession comes. It’s the moment to face the whole reality. The more we try to avoid this, the more we shut ourselves in shame and cowardice. The Lord is full of mercy and pardon. He is ready to forgive. But we have to come before His mercy and pardon. We must also recognize our sins and shortcomings. Let’s reflect: During this Lenten season, am I ready to face the reality of God’s mercy and my sinfulness?