This week we have Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent. We must prepare well to live a fruitful Lent. The readings today can help us enter Lent with our personal examination and discernment of Conscience. Jesus said in the Gospel,
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.
The best way to prepare for Lent is to make a personal plan of discernment, examination of your conscience, prayer and confession during Lent. You know the beam in your own eye! You will learn to be more honest with yourselves, humbly accept your shame and ask for God’s forgiveness.