Lent: A Time to Grow Closer to Christ
Even now, says the LORD,
return to me with your whole heart
for I am gracious and merciful. Joel 2:12
Today’s reading from Joel (which was also the first reading on Ash Wednesday) reminds us again of God’s gracious and tender mercy. God wants us to return to Him, no matter what we have done, no matter how long we have been away from Him. We need not be afraid.
In his Lenten message from 2016, Pope Francis wrote: “Mercy expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new chance to look at himself, convert, and believe.”
Just as the