Fr Frederick Faber, of the Congregation of the Oratory, wrote a hymn about the mercy of God. Here is part of it: ‘There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, / like the wideness of the sea. There’s a kindness in God’s justice, /which is more than liberty. // … But we make God’s love too narrow / by false limits of our own, / and we magnify its strictness / with a zeal God will not own. // For the love of God is broader / than the measures of man’s mind, / and the heart of the Eternal / is most wonderfully kind’.

It is good to hear these words in Lent, for we can make our God too small. Here and now we can receive His immense kindness, the warmth of His love, as we follow Him to Jerusalem, to the cross and through to the resurrection.

May we know that ‘wideness’ of His mercy in these days. And may God bless you.