From Sister Wendy's Meditations on the Mysteries of Our Faith, page 31:
Lent asks us to scrutinize, calmly and in the presence of God, what direction our actions have led us and will lead us. Are we directed toward God? Or toward ourselves? Do we forgive? Do we pray? Do we try to be patient? The list is endless. Jesus offers his blessing to anybody who is sincere and seeks him. But what blessing can he give--however much he wants to--if we are only going through the motions, like the "good people" in Duccio's painting? Better to be an ass than a nominal Catholic!