We are all sinners but we pray that our sinfulness will not become the basic element of our relationship with God.
The theme of Psalm 119 is the importance of responding to God's self-revelation--to God's gift of Himself to His people.
God holds each of us responsible for our personal behavior here and now. We can't lay responsibility onto circumstances over which we have no control.
Today's reading reminds us that if we are going to change our hearts during this season of Lent, we need God's help. We need to pray.
God seems always willing to change His mind about punishment for those who show even the least sign of repentance.
God's word has been calling His people to repentance. During Lent God invites us to see His word at work, achieving the end for which He sends it.
Being like the Lord is not something we can achieve or earn. The only way we can be like the Lord is if the Lord makes us so.
If we take Lent seriously and pay greater attention to God and our neighbor, then the Lord will pay greater attention to us.
Repentance is not just a matter of engaging in penitential practices. What is pleasing to God is looking after your neighbor in need.
Lent is a time to weed out what keeps us from God and to strengthen what we need to stay strong in Him.