Wednesday in the First Week of Lent; 8th March 2017.
And Jonah cried out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which He said He would do to them; and He did not do it.
(Jonah 3: 5, 10)
40 days. Quite a significant number when it comes to our faith in the Lenten season. Jesus went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days and nights, God gives the people of 40 days to repent or be destroyed. The Church during this season uses passages from the Holy Bible which talks about God’s love and mercy to call us to sorrow for our sins and repentance. As Jonah did, we as Christians are encouraged to preach the good news of God’s healing power and His infinite mercy to sinners. We are not just called to preach the good news of forgiveness but to also live it out. Just as the people of Nineveh heard Jonah’s word and repented, how much more are we to listen to Our Lord Jesus Christ’s tender call everyday to remorse for our wrongdoings and seek forgiveness through sincere confession.
If you haven’t started striving for a life free of sin and a life full of mercy and forgiveness, it’s never too late to begin now. For the psalmist today says, “a broken and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn. (Psalm 51: 17)” So let us turn away from our past ways and seek for the forgiveness our Lord God is willing to give to us during these 40 days of Lent.