I came across this invitiation at a good friend’s blog this morning:
I am asking my blogâ€™s readers to consider a challenge for Lent. No, it is not giving up anything. Instead, it helps move Lent into 40 days of living out the gospel: I am asking you to begin and end each day of Lent (beginning Wednesday) by reciting the Jesus Creed. And, whenever it comes to mind throughout the day, I am asking you to recite it again. In your evening recitation of the Jesus Creed, we are asking you to give some moments of recollection to confess any sins against the Jesus Creed throughout the day.
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.
What we are discovering â€” in tune with the wisdom of ancient Israelâ€™s recitation of Shema and the early churchâ€™s recitation of the Jesus Creed and the Lordâ€™s Prayer â€” is that this sacred rhythm works love of God and love of others into the bones and sinews of each day. Who will take this challenge?
I am going to join Scot and his many readers in this practice during the season of Lent, and I invite others to as well.