Joel 2: 12-18Feb. 26, 2020
Christian Brothers, Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.
“The Lord was stirred for his land and took pity on his people” (Joel 2: 18).
We can agree that our land is in trouble—great political unrest, worry about an epidemic, all manner of social concerns—and the latest polls on Catholics are hardly comforting.
Yet the Lord invites us to return to him to receive his pity (Joel 2:12-13), and Paul tells us this is an acceptable time (2 Cor 6:2)—which is the reason for our Lent, for today’s ritual.
Any resolution of our concerns begins with us individually—as followers of Jesus, as faithful religious, as evangelizers of the communities of the young whom we serve. But it has to start with our own hearts—“return to me with your whole heart, says the Lord” (Joel 2:12)—with our commitment to prayer, to fasting from vice, to giving the alms of our brotherly love.