February 17 – First Wednesday of Lent

February 17, 2016  •   LPi

turnFromSinToday’s Gospel

“A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn, (Psa 50:17).

Daily Lent Reflection

Today’s readings connect the mission of Jesus to that of the ancient prophet Jonah; the prophet associated with the whale. The symbolism of Jonah in the whale’s belly is associated with the Lord’s days in the tomb before the glory of the Resurrection.

The story of the repentance of the people of Nineveh, a people regarded by the Jews as beyond redemption, is used as a warning to those who will reject the mission of Jesus. Jesus draws those who are regarded as contemptible in his society, tax collectors and sinners, and cautions those who think they are guaranteed to be saved to think again.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will reflect on the image of “a heart contrite and humbled” and ask myself, “What is there in my life that I feel the need to be repentant for, so that my heart might be more humbled and contrite?”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark