O God, you have given us the Good News of your abounding love in your Son Jesus Christ: So fill our hearts with thankfulness that we may rejoice to proclaim the good tidings we have received; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Look at the image. What initially captures your attention on this bookshelf? Now look more closely. Is there something that particularly draws you into the image? The colors and variety of the books? A specific title? What do you see?
Reflect. Imagine taking one of these books and searching through it for the Good News proclaimed in today’s Collect. It might be the Bible, or book or prayers or meditations. Which books have had an influence in your life as you encounter the message of Divine “abounding love?” Recall the circumstances under which you made that discovery. If that has not yet occurred for you, consider where you might seek it.
Act. Today read a section from sacred texts, meditations or inspirational stories. Discover some bit of Good News, and share it with another. How will you do that?
Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.
Music: “Ambient Sonata” /Album: Ambient Sonata /Artist: Dee Yan-Key
Image: “Books ” /Place: Baltimore, Maryland /Photographer: Jon Shematek