Lenten Journey: Day 25

“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn, that he may heal us; he has stricken, and he will bind us up.”

Hosea 6:1

Let us indeed return to the Lord. Let us turn away from our sins and return to him. He will heal us. He will bind up our wounds. In God alone will we find what we need to be regenerated, to be healed, to be made anew.

How does one return to the Lord? What does it mean to have the left the Lord in the first place? Returning to God is returning to what we have abandoned: communion with him in our soul and in our body. It is humbling ourselves and confessing our sins to God. It is doing the things he has prescribed for us to do, both morally and ritually, that is, Sacramentally. It involves participating in a dynamic prayer life. It means becoming a member in the body of Christ, that is the Church. There is no one part of the Body that exists in independence and isolation from the rest of the Body. Returning to the Lord means returning to the Church. It means forsaking an independent faith for a dependent mutual faith.

Jesus wants us to exist in relationship with him. He wants us to return to him. He wants us to grow in sanctity. He desires us to give up our favorite sins. He desires us to rely on each other, on our brothers and sister in Christ. He desires for us to grow together as a family. He desires all of us to be one, for in being one, we become a reflection of the Blessed Trinity, three persons, but one God. To return to the Lord is to become like the Lord more and more. It is to re-administer the covenant that Jesus Christ sealed with his blood.

God in his infinite love and mercy will accept any wayward child who returns to him. Jesus has given his blood and God is just waiting to apply it to you, to wash your soul in that Precious Blood. Return to the Lord today. Give up sin. Take up righteousness. Strive to know God.

“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”