A Letter from
Rend Your Hearts
“Yet even now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Joel 2:12-13
As I sit here this Holy Week and I reflect on the past few weeks of Lent it seems as though it's passed by in the blink of an eye. To be honest, this Lent has been difficult for me. I haven’t been as steadfast in my Lenten offerings and fasts as I desired. I have felt overwhelmed and distracted by upcoming decisions and transitions in my life, making it hard to be present to the present moment and tempting me to cling to those things in which I seek false comfort. Yet even now in these last few days of Lent, I have the hope that Christ can bring about deep change within my heart.
Is this not the hope and joy of the Resurrection? Is this not the promise we are about to celebrate on Easter Sunday? In my weakness, in all my brokenness, and in my inability to fulfill my promises to Christ, still He loves me and comes to redeem me.
As we enter into the Triduum, I invite you to join me in reflecting on where do we still need to allow Christ to reign over our hearts? Where do we feel we have fallen short in our promises? How can we continue to invite Him to meet us in the tombs of our hearts and bring about resurrection?
(Emily McCall is the FOCUS Team Director on the Campus Ministry staff.)