Come back to me with all your heart
posted on: Thursday, February 07, 2013 by: renaebauer
by Sister Laura Zelten
Returning to our hearts is often difficult for us. It's
too easy to get our hearts broken. But what if Lent is a time
to return to our hearts and find comfort, strength and solace
It is interesting that this year Valentine's Day is the second
day of Lent. For many of us, the word "Lent" connotes drab
days, giving up things and a long, long time waiting for
spring. Lent means many things, a time for repentance, a time
for sacrifice, a time for preparing for Easter.
We often overlook another meaning -- the idea that Lent is an
invitation to reconcile with God and with each other. Lent
calls us to look into our hearts and see what is there and act from
what we see. Lent is a season of the heart.
The Lenten scriptures, both the Hebrew Prophets and the New
Testament, are our guides for the Lenten journey. They make a
powerful point, one that our culture and society often
forgets: It is the heart that matters. What is in our
heart deeply influences our vision, our hearing and our
On Ash Wednesday Christians everywhere are called to remember,
repent and return. Through the symbol of ashes, we are asked
to remember that we are of the earth, created by another, and will
not walk the earth forever. We are asked to repent, to look
at ourselves, to recognize what keeps us apart from God, and to
return to the one who has created us.
Repentance, remembering, returning to God -- all of these begin
in our hearts. None of these is an intellectual
exercise. Returning to our hearts is often difficult for
us. It's too easy to get our hearts broken. But what if
Lent is a time to return to our hearts and find comfort, strength
and solace there? What if Lent is a time to return to our
souls and find our calling and our source of life? Is that
what happened to Jesus when he was in the desert for 40 days?
Can that happen to us during this season of Lent? Do we hear
God calling, "Come back to me with all your heart!"