Wednesday 10th February (Ash Wednesday)

– by David Hughes

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.” – 1 Timothy 6 v 6-7a.

Meister Eckhart, a 14th Century mystic, said, “God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by subtracting.”

Lent offers us the opportunity of stripping away things that have become like barnacles encrusted on the bottom of a boat that will impede its progress. Becoming aware of and then letting go of the sins that cling so closely to us will free us to take hold of the eternal life to which God has called us.

Paul offers Timothy the best antidote to consumerism. Thanking God for all his gifts will free us to enjoy and use them and also to come to God with empty hands to receive all that He wants to give us.

Lord, create and make in us new and contrite hearts,
that letting go of the sins that cling so closely
we may enter into and live under the rule of the King. Amen.

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