In speaking to Jeremiah God complained that the so-called People of God, “Turned their backs, not their faces to me.”
A person could use God’s complaint for building a good program for Lent. Like, what evil is he reaching for when it involves turning his back on God? Following on that, how can he break off that fascination to enable himself to turn back to facing God?
We haven’t one Lenten program that would fit all of us, because all of us have our own way of turning our faces away from God. But we might all check ourselves on matters pertaining to health and to friendliness.
We could begin examining ourselves on health matters by accepting St. Paul to the Romans, 14:7. “No one lives as his own master, and no one dies as his own master. While we live, we are responsible to the Lord.” That tells us that we must take excellent care of our bodies and minds, because we just have them on loan. We haven’t the right to let them become flabby.
We could begin examining ourselves on matters of friendliness by accepting the Biblical assertion that all the people we know are God’s children. He demands that we treat them with understanding and kindness. By acting that way we will be turning our faces to God.