If you do not repent, you will all perish as
they did. ~ Luke 13:3
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear of dire things, and then hear the words “If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did.”
We’re being called to our senses, “for now is the acceptable time” to make our lives right.
There is a prayer for Lent, composed from the writings of Saint Augustine, the patron of our diocese:
the house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my hidden faults, O Lord,
and spare your servant from secret sins.
~ St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)
The prayer is a compilation of insights gleaned the Holy Scriptures, and brought together in St. Augustine’s
writings. It has some striking imagery meant to force us to look at ourselves, and the world, anew.