Lord have mercy on us.
I feel a mix of anticipation, exhaustion and apprehension.
Lord have mercy on us!
So much can be a mystery or not as we expect it.
My priest has challenged us various times to remember that the Pharisees in their day were the religious elite, who were well versed in Scripture and faithful in all matters related to religious practice. We can know all the rules of the fast, attend all the services and still miss it.
Humility. Praying for a broken and contrite heart. Praying for a willing spirit.
How much my heart needs to be changed. And to not fear such change but to seek it.
Lord have mercy.
May we dwell always in His temple; may His mercy pursue us all the days of our lives; May He forgive us for our blindness and confusion. May we learn to see our brokenness, may we learn to desire humility and the love of God.