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Lenten reflection, day 23

Scripture readings: Isaiah 65:17-21; Psalm 30; John 4:43-54

According to today’s reading from Isaiah, Lent means new life!

“See, I am creating new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered nor come to mind.” God calls His people “a joy” and “a delight” because God is delighted and happy with them, His new creation.

Jesus is the wellspring of new life, of joy and happiness in the Gospel. When He heals the son of the royal official, both the child and the father are Jesus’ “joy” and His “delight.” This truly is a new heaven and a new earth in their lives.

During these Lenten days God desires to do new things in our lives. Maybe God desires to have a more constant relationship with us through personal prayer. Maybe Jesus desires to heal a wound that continues to poison our relationships. Maybe the Holy Spirit desires to encourage us to come to a decision we have been putting off.

What new creation does God desire to work in your life? What newness do you desire God to work in you? Take a moment now or sometime today to imagine the newness God desires. Ask God to do it. Give God permission. Make room for God to work. You too will be called “a joy” and “a delight.”

Rev. James Gilmour, C.Ss.R.
Metuchen, N.J.

Download our 2014 Lenten reflections booklet here