Lenten Reflection for 2/24

Daily Prayer

Good and Gracious God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, transform our hearts so that we always see others as the Body of Christ and we can stand in the bright light of truth.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 58:1-9a; Matthew 9:14-15
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Scripture Quote

Isaiah 58:6, 8a

[Thus says the Lord:]
“This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:
    releasing those bound unjustly,
    untying the thongs of the yoke;
Setting free the oppressed,
    breaking every yoke.

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
  and your wound shall quickly be healed.”


We see metanoia in action in this reading from the Old Testament. This is the metanoia that transforms our hearts impels us to look beyond the comfort of ourselves, our friends and our family and see those in our community who are not often seen. Because we are One Body of Christ, every action we take, seen or unseen, affects the other members of the community. If we care for the wounds of the poor, the needy, the abandoned and the abused, then the light of God’s spirit inside of us will be seen by those around us. It is we who are healed when we care for others.

Reflection Questions

  • What is one area of my life where I will seek healing today?
  • The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate care for the spiritual and physical needs of the poor and abandoned members of the Body of Christ by taking on the most difficult missions in the US and world. Will you support us today in your prayers and gifts?

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