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Saturday, February 20, 1999

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Isaiah 58:9-14
Psalm 86
Luke 5:27-32

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walking into glory

"Then you shall delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth." —Isaiah 58:14

We are on the fourth day of a forty-day journey through the desert of Lent. Our destination is the celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead. When we meet the risen Christ in a new way this Easter time, "light shall rise" for us "in the darkness, and the gloom shall become" like midday (Is 58:10). "Then the Lord will guide" us always and give us "plenty even on the parched land" (Is 58:11). "The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt" for our sakes and "the foundations from ages past" we shall raise up (Is 58:12). " 'Repairer of the breach,' they shall call" us, " 'Restorer of ruined homesteads' " (Is 58:12).

Yes, this Easter season will be more than we could ever ask for or imagine (Eph 3:20). Isaiah's prophecies from over 2,500 years ago will be fulfilled again. The risen Christ's love and glory will be so greatly manifested this Easter that it would be too much for us if we had not prepared our hearts through our Lenten repentance, fasting, penance, and prayer. Because Easter is so great, Lent is so necessary. Enter fully into Lent.

Prayer:  Father, make me ready for anything as I grow in holiness this Lent more than ever before.

Promise:  Jesus "said to him, 'Follow Me.' Leaving everything behind, Levi stood up and became His follower." —Lk 5:27-28

Praise:  Martha was moved to fast and pray after nearly despairing over the state of the Church and the world.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 23, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 27, 1998