Good morning, Church! How was your Lord’s Day? Was it boring, or was it thrilling and breathtaking? Were you engaged only from your mind (intellectual) or your heart (emotional and “seat of desires”)? Hey, talk about a segue. Speaking about our hearts, meditate upon the piercing words of John Eldredge, “What makes the Day of Judgment so unnerving is that all our posing and all our charades will be pulled back, all secrets will be made known, and our Lord will ‘expose the motives of men’s hearts’ (1 Cor. 4:5, emphasis added). This is the point of the famous Sermon on the Mount. Jesus first says we haven’t a hope of heaven unless our righteousness ‘surpasses that of the Pharisees’ (Matt. 5:20). How can that be? They were fastidious rule keepers, pillars of the church, model citizens. Yes, Jesus says, and most of it was hypocrisy. The Pharisees prayed to impress men with their spirituality. They gave to impress men with their generosity. Their actions looked good, but their motives were not. Their hearts, as the saying goes, weren’t in the right place. A person’s character is determined by his motives, and motive is always a matter of the heart. This is what Scripture means when it says that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. God doesn’t judge us by our looks or our intelligence; he judges us by our hearts.” The Lenten season, as Pastor Benjamin so eloquently stated, is a matter of our hearts. So, let’s internalize today’s Lenten Scripture readings and prayer, allowing them to reach our hearts: Psalm 89; Genesis 49:1-28; I Corinthians 10:14–11:1; Mark 7:24-37. “God who created me, You offer me new life through Your Son and through the gift of Your sacraments. While I see new life all around me, I don’t always recognize the new life You offer me. Help me to grow this Lent in an awareness of the gifts You place in my life and in a greater appreciation for Your care. Give me the courage to ask for help. In Jesus’ life-giving name I pray. Amen.” WOW, that was intense for a Monday; but I thought I would prolong your thrilling and breathtaking worship. It shouldn’t cease just because it’s Monday, you know 🙂 Thanks for journeying; Blessings to all–PT.