All wisdom comes from the LORD and with him it remains forever, and is before all time. Sirach 1:1

Some of you reading this today may have never heard of this book from the old testament because this particular book is only found in a Catholic bible – neither the Jewish or the Protestants faiths have this book found (which is found in the Catholic bible’s Old Testament – it follows the book of Wisdom and precedes the book of Isaiah).  If you’re interested in reading this book, I’ve posted it in a hyperlink here.

Today’s opening thought is taken from our first reading at Mass this morning.  I chose this because we are fast approaching the Lenten season with the celebration of Ash Wednesday (March 6).  The older I get, the more I come to appreciate this 6 weeks of repentance and reflection.  With all the conflict going on in the Church, I was inspired to spend these six weeks of Lent studying and reflecting on the Scourging of our Savior.  I anticipate that this may not be the most pleasant 6 weeks of study as I try to better comprehend the brutality that Christ endured for me – but not just for me – for many.

So what is it you hope to accomplish this Lent?  Now is the time to start thinking about this as the season is fast approaching.

One prayer request:

Please prayer for the Russo family who lost their husband and father on Saturday.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Do something great for our Lord today – think about the upcoming Lenten season and what you can do to offer your sacrifice of praise to God over those 6 weeks.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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