God's Mercy Renews
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions."--Psalm 51:1
Our temptation in Lent is to be so impressed by our sins and failings and so overwhelmed by our lack of generosity that we get stuck in a paralyzing guilt, a guilt that leads to introspection instead of directing our eyes to God. It is guilt that becomes an idol and form of pride.
But Lent is precisely the time to break down this idol and to direct our attention to our loving Lord. The question is, "Are we like Judas, who was so overcome by his sin that he could not believe in God's mercy any longer and hanged himself? Or are we like Peter, who returned to his Lord with repentance and cried bitterly for his sins?"--Henri J.M. Nouwen
from "Renewed for Life: Daily Lenten Meditations", published by Creative Communications.