Lent Reflection Saturday, March 14

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 4.20.02 PMBut the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  Mark 18:13

We all fall short of God’s grace. Our thoughts deceive us. Sometimes, our words can be cruel. Each day, we struggle with temptations. On this Lenten Saturday, think about how you respond to the sin in your life.  Do you distance yourself from God?  Do you shame yourself with guilt? Do you become depressed?  Instead of beating yourself up, try following the lead of the tax collector in today’s gospel. Just take a moment to bow your head. Try praying these simple words: “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”


© By Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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