In his song, “Change Our Hearts,” by Rory Cooney, the refrain is: “Change our hearts this time, your word says it can be. Change our minds this time, your life could make us free. We are the people your call sets apart. Lord, this time change our hearts.” During our Lenten journey we are reminded that it is indeed a time to change our hearts – to undergo a process of conversion. We are invited to let go of old habits and embrace new ones. Scripture reminds us to “put on Christ.” Jesus continually called his followers to become their best self. He always accepted them where they were at and challenged them to grow deeper in their love of self, God and others.
When we travel to other countries we often convert some money before we leave so that upon arrival we will have some spending money. In this process we are never sure of what the conversion rate will truly be, yet we do it. Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised and other times we are rather saddened. The most important thing is the willingness to take the chance on it that it will all work out. The Lenten season calls us to do the same. Let us all take the chance this Lent to make the changes we need to and to trust in the true love that we are called to be.
Pat Schifini, OSU