Well, here comes a whole week of Lent now and I am trying to catch up with it.
1 Peter 3:18-22. It sure seems to me that men who work with their hands think deep thoughts. This reading from the first letter of Peter moves from the waters of the flood to the waters of baptism. Jesus, by His life, death and resurrection, saves us out of the flood and gives us the gift of a clear conscience.
What I gather from the spiritual teachers is that this is a daily opportunity — to a clear conscience.
Which leads me to the Examination of Conscience. For Lent, I am trying to be faithful to a daily Examination of Conscience.
I grew up in a time in which this exercise amounted to stacking myself up against the “Thou Shalt Nots”, so I still
have to push against a bit of dread.
I think there is much better teaching available on this now. If I go back to the Psalm today, “Your ways O Lord are
love and truth”, I can ask myself, “When did I experience God’s love today?”
“When did I experience God’s truth today?” Then I can ask if there was a time in the day that I fell short in the area
of love or in the area of truth? I can move on to contrition, resolution to change, and restitution where applicable.
Kathleen McKeown is a mother and grandmother who lives in Augusta, Georgia.