Fr. Sanctus Mario
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Reconcile with God: Reflection on Ash Wednesday.

Breakfast With the Word Ash Wednesday

 

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

 

Ash Wednesday is a day that begins the Lenten season. At the Lenten season, the Church reminds her children of the suffering, agony, crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Lenten season is the time we commemorate the passion, agony, crucifixion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ

 

The Ash Wednesday reminds man that despite whatever he has, who he thinks he is, he should remember that he is nothing but dust. As he comes to the world, one day he shall also leave.

 

At Ash Wednesday, the priest places the ash on our foreheads and says either of the two statements: 1. Remember that Dust you are and unto dust, you shall return 2. Turn away from sin and be faithful to the word of God. Hence, the minister uses these statements to remind us of what we are made of, if we have forgotten and what God requires of us.

 

So the ash Wednesday is calling us to repent and come back to God. We have strayed away and have taken God as nothing. We cannot continue to be in sin every time and every day.

 

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To Reconcile: Meaning.

 

 

To reconcile with someone means to restore a broken relationship. It involves creating a good relationship again with someone we are once closed to.

 

To reconcile with God is a call to restore our relationship with God. This is what the Lenten season is asking everyone to do.

 

In the second reading of today, Paul reminds us who we are. We are ambassadors and followers of Christ and not that of sin. Because of our sake, He made himself like ours to save us from sin but we seem to have neglected Him.

 

The second reading reminds us to come back to God and restore our relationship with Him. God loves us so much and is even appealing to us through this Lenten period.

 

Paul is even appealing to his workers not to neglect the grace of God that is given to them. We don’t have to neglect God again.

 

We have been celebrating all these while, living our lives the way we want. The church uses this time to call her children back. Are we going to respond positively or negatively?

 

 

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How to Reconcile with God.

 

With the celebration of the ash Wednesday, one may ask ; how do we begin to reconcile with God? How can we begin to restore our broken relationship with God?

 

To answer this, the first reading gives us insight. Prophet Joel calls us to come back to God with all our hearts. To come back to God is to repent from our sinful lives.

 

This act is not for a mere formality but for turning to God with all our hearts. The use of fasting, weeping and mourning in the first reading indicates that we must be truly sorrowful for all we have done in the past. We have to tear our inner self, break our hearts for God and come close to Him again.

 

Repentance is like someone going in the wrong direction or wrong road and you tell him to turn in the right direction.

Secondly, in the gospel, Jesus warns His apostles not to be like the hypocrites when they perform their acts of piety.

 

Among the things Jesus mentioned are good deeds, giving of alms and charity, prayers and fasting. When we turn to God, we have to maintain our relationship and increase His love for us by doing more good deeds rather than the evil ones we do. Let everything we do henceforth be good to God and humanity.

 

Then we have to fast from wickedness, immorality, sinful living, every form of evil, hatred, unforgiveness etc and then communicate with God daily through prayers. This is why daily visitation to the Blessed Sacrament is very important at this time.

 

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The Secret About the Inside: Mark 7:14-23

Jesus wills to make us clean : Sunday Breakfast with the Word

When We think there is nothing We can do: Mark 8:1-10

 

 

Ash and Repentance; The Biblical Connection.

 

To reconcile with God goes beyond merely asking for the forgiveness of our sins, or refraining from sin and promising God not to sin again. This also involves feeling deeply sorry for the sins we have done.

 

In the bible, when people are truly sorry for what they have done, they put on sackcloth and ashes. At Ash Wednesday, the ash shows that you are truly sorry for the things you have done. You are not doing it because others are applying the ash.

 

In Daniel 9:3-19, Daniel put on sackcloth and ashes when he was praying for the sins of the people of Israel. Also, in Job 42, Job tells God that He repents in dust and ashes.

 

In Jonah 3:3-8, immediately the people of Nineveh heard the preaching of Jonah, they wore sackcloth and the king sat on ashes (Jonah 3:6). In 2 Samuel 12:15-18, David put on sackcloth and refused to eat for the whole week, when he sinned against the Lord.

 

When we look into the lives of these people, we find deep sorrow for what they did. But today, we just do as if nothing concerns us. We even attend confession because others are doing that. To reconcile with God must come from the heart.

 

May God have mercy on us and give us the grace to completely reconcile with Him. Amen.

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103 Comments
  1. Robert Odeke says

    This is so spiritually nourishing.
    I am grateful to God for this initiative.

    God’s blessings

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Amen

      1. Nancy chizoba says

        Thank you Fr for this great piece God bless you.

        1. Sanctus Mario says

          thanks

        2. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says

          Amen

        3. Olomu Chinedu says

          Amen. Thank you Fr. May your journey be blessed

      2. Ugwu Obianuju G says

        Amen

      3. Mbama Christiana says

        Amen. Thank you Padre for this beautiful reflection. May we have a fruitful lent . Amen

    2. Mulerwa Rosemary says

      Amen thanks father may we be strong enough to stand with Christ in his suffering moment Amen Amen

    3. Carmela U. Ekwem says

      Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr.

      May God grant us the grace to repent from our sinful ways and return back to him in complete sincerity. May he also give us the Strenght and grace to faithfully and truthfully yourney with him in this 40 days lenten journey, Amen!

  2. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen fr.thank u for d words, more grace in Jesus name amen.

    1. Sanctus Mario says

      Amen

    2. Chisom Egwudike says

      Lord! Give us the grace to be truly sorry for our sins, and sincerely reconcile with you. Amen

  3. Mrs Blessing Chilo says

    I am so sorry for having offended you Lord. Please help me make conscious efforts to walk with you through out this Lenten period through Christ our Lord Amen

  4. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen
    Thank you Father for reminding me to amend my ways
    May God continue to bless you richly. Amen

  5. Otokpa Elijah says

    Amen and i pray for more grace to carry on till end

  6. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, thank you Fr. Remain blessed

  7. Mailoushi James says

    Amen

  8. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Thank you Father and may God continue to enrich you with more grace and anointing.

  9. Obinna says

    Amen

    Thank you Fr.

  10. Angela Madu says

    Amen

  11. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Thank you fr

  12. Amara Beluonwu says

    Amen.

  13. Adichie Chizoba says

    Amen. Lord I need your grace to reconcile with you

  14. Nancy chizoba says

    Amen

  15. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  16. Blessing Anne says

    Amen

  17. Ikeoha Joy Chidiogo says

    Amen. Your mercy oh Lord do I seek.

  18. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen. Father I pray for your grace, mercy and strength as I embark on this forty days journey with you to Calvary πŸ™

  19. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen

  20. Clara says

    Amen

  21. Ifionu Anthonia says

    Amen. Thank you, Padre.
    I pray for deeper repentance this season and always.
    More anointing on you, Padre.

  22. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen

  23. Uchenna Obeta says

    Amen

  24. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn

  25. Ojiegbe Perpetua says

    Very helpful and encouraging πŸ’•πŸ’•

  26. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen. May God give me strength to Walk with Him through out this Lent through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

  27. Helen says

    Dear Lord, please give us the grace to always do Your will and walk in Your ways.

    Thank you Padre for your love, concern and time for your people. May God reward you accordingly πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  28. Okwuchi Juliet says

    Amen πŸ™

  29. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, thank you Padre, may the Lord bless you abundantly through Christ our Lord. Amen

  30. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen. May God’s grace be sufficient for us in this Lenten journey. Amen

  31. Venarenda chisom says

    Pray that God should give us the grace to journey with him in this lenten journey

  32. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  33. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen

  34. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says

    Thank you Padre. God bless you.

  35. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  36. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you father for taking us on another journey strengthen our spiritual life.

  37. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen

  38. Christian says

    Amen, thank u fr may u always see the reason to smile

  39. Chikwendu Esther Amarachukwu says

    May God give me the strength to respond positively and to complete this Lenten journey. Amen

  40. Chinwe Agwoile says

    My Lord and Savior, Jesus, may my sacrifices and mortifications during this Lenten season help me to be closer to You. May my prayer, fasting and almsgiving help to burn every single speck of sin in me and remind me of my mortality and the need for repentance. Help me to acquire a handful of virtues during this season of penitential grace. May my love for You increase everyday. May the practice of Lent lead me to Your reward. Amen! May you remain richly blessed, Padre.

  41. Awodike Florence says

    Lord I am deeply sorry for all my sins.Please,give me the Grace to repent from all of them and I promise not to it again …
    Remain Blessed Padre…

  42. Ejiro Ovwigho says

    Amen have mercy on us o Lord

  43. Charles Ndubuisi Ezeji says

    Amen

  44. Agudosi Cordelia chinyere says

    Amen

  45. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    AmenπŸ™

  46. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen

  47. Blessing Salifu says

    Amen πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  48. Judith chiamaka says

    amennnn

  49. Margaret Awum says

    Amen πŸ™

  50. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!
    Have Mercy Lord!

  51. Grace Yina says

    Amen, and Amen

  52. Jane chuks says

    Amen πŸ™Œ

  53. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    Lord please, help me to be truly sorry for all my sins and sincerely repent from them. Lead the way for me to follow. I need you now more than ever to be my guide and shield Amen.

  54. Ekechukwu Chigaemezu says

    Amen, may we truly reconcile with God in this time of reconciliation in Jesus name Amen

  55. Omeje Ifebuche says

    Amen

  56. Sylvia Adibe says

    Amen have mercy on me o lord

  57. Regina Ajua Mobu says

    Amen

  58. Vivian Chisom says

    Amen.

  59. Michael Jones says

    Amen

  60. Christian says

    Amen

  61. Grace Uba says

    Amen

  62. Stella Ijewemen says

    May the good Lord accept our prayers

  63. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    I pray for grace to completely reconcile with GodπŸ™

  64. Eunice okeyo says

    Amen

  65. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen, may God keep blessing u my priest, I ask for d grace to partake fully in this program in Jesus name amen

  66. Adichie Chizoba says

    Amen

  67. Uchechukwu Egbo says

    Amen thanks so much Fr and may God’s grace be sufficient for us all πŸ™

  68. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen πŸ™

  69. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  70. Ify obinwa says

    Amennn

  71. Elizabeth kiio says

    AMEN

  72. Onyeoma Ukamaka says

    Amen

  73. Udemezue Martina Mary says

    Amen

  74. Nancy chizoba says

    Amen πŸ™

  75. Mariajacinta Ivoke says

    Amen

  76. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

  77. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. O Lord I pray for a fruitful Lenten journey. Amen

  78. Godwin Odah says

    Amen πŸ‘.
    Forgive me Lord for I have sinned against you. May the journey we stepped into today, make us true children of the most high God forever.

    May God continue to bless you and protect you always padre… Amen πŸ‘.

  79. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

    Amen.

  80. DORIS EMMANUEL OGBAN says

    LORD JESUS give me the Grace to totally reconcile with you8 AMEN πŸ™

  81. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  82. Eze Juliana Nkechi says

    Amen. Oh Lord forgive my sins and forget my iniquities πŸ™πŸ™

  83. Dr. Julie says

    Lord Have Mercy on me a sinner

  84. Obizolu Assumpta says

    amen

  85. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen. May God help me to make strong decisions and stand by it.

  86. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

  87. IKPO Maryann says

    Amen

  88. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, may God gives me strength to go with him in this Lenten journey and also give me grace to reconcile with him through this journey ,all this I asked through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  89. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr to the glory of God’s name, Amen

  90. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  91. Emelda says

    Amen

  92. Eneh Chioma Maureen says

    May God open my heart to always understand the gravity of my sin through Christ our Lord,Amen.

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