Last year I started the tradition of posting a Scripture and prayer for each day of Lent as part of my extra devotion during this time of penance. I hope these readings and prayers will bless you in your spiritual preparation for Resurrection Sunday.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. In previous years, I have written about the purpose and meaning of Lent:
More about Ash Wednesday and Lent can be found on the website of my church, All Saints Anglican of San Antonio, including the following:
- Liturgy Lesson for Ash Wednesday: Contrition before God
- Lenten Challenges from Father Ed Morgan
- Seasons of the Church Year: Lent
Throughout Lent, I will post a Scripture and a prayer daily. May you be blessed.
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” ~ Matthew 9:9-13 (ESV)
Lord, I like to think I am righteous, but at heart I am a sinner desperately in need of a Physician. Thank You for coming as the Great Physician to heal me and all sinners who earnestly repent. In Jesus’ name. Amen.