Enough joy, time for repentance…

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Gift:  Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.

Reading:  So submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you of two minds.Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.  (James 4:7-10)

Observation:  Thanks to our leader of our communion service this morning, I learned that Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a day set aside to prepare for Lent.  Unlike the tradition of eating a lot and gorging yourself on things that you will give up tomorrow, I would rather see today as a day of confession and a day of penance, which reminded me of my penance from my last confession.  It is the reading from the letter of James that reminds us that we are not always meant to be joyful on the outside, there are times that we are meant to wear our ashes because of the times that we have disappointed ourselves and our Lord because of the sin that we struggle with.  However, as the reading says, if we submit ourselves to God and resist the Devil, we will be free of the power of evil.

Personification:  Self-Control  I can think of no better way to show the fruit of self-control than to completely submit myself to the will of God.  It doesn’t matter what I want or what I think I need, because what I really want and what I really need has already been provided for me.

Prayer:  Lord, please continue to show me the way to follow your will for my life and keep my will out of your way.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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