February 18 – Ash Wednesday

Joel 2:12-18 ●  2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 ●  Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

Come Back to Me

But there’s also this, it’s not too late—
GOD ’s personal Message!—
“Come back to me and really mean it!
Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!”
Change your life, not just your clothes.
Come back to GOD , your  God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
always ready to cancel catastrophe.

Joel 2:12-13


Ash Wednesday sounds the call to Christians to “turn around,” to head back in the right direction, to repent. But what if we think we haven’t done anything blatantly and seriously sinful?

Joel practically shouts out to us that we are to come back to the God we have left behind in our lives of busyness and self-sufficiency. Or perhaps we have pretended not to hear the still, small whisperings of God, or we’ve heard but ignored them. This God is calling for our attention during Lent and it is an urgent call. Do we have the humility to turn back and listen?


What concrete, practical step can you commit to during Lent to “come back” to God? Is it reading a spiritual book? Taking 5-10 minutes of quiet time in the morning for prayer? Attending a parish Lenten offering? Finding a spiritual companion to talk with regularly? Make it practical and realistic and get started. “It’s not too late.”

Daily Reflections with The Message
by Ann Naffziger


1 thought on “February 18 – Ash Wednesday

  1. Brother Dominic Berardelli, FSC

    I am so delighted that this has been forwarded to me by Brother Bernie LoCoco so I can share it each day of Lent.
    I know you have “hard” copies for the Brothers of the Mid West which I do not receive and now I can each day connect and use these wonderful reflections, prayers and “ideas”
    Thanks you for sharing.
    Brother Dominic

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