Ash Wednesday

March 9, 2011


In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us,  “not to perform righteous deeds so people can see them; not to stand and be seen, not to neglect our appearance.  We are even told to wash our face!

And what do we do – put dirt on our forehead and walk around like this all day long for everyone to see!

So why do we do this?  I let Pope Benedict answer, “It is essentially a gesture of humility, which means: I recognize myself for what I am, a frail creature, made of earth and destined to the earth, but also made in the image of God and destined to him. Dust, yes, but loved, molded by love, animated by God’s vital breath, capable of recognizing God’s voice and of responding to God; free and, because of this, also capable of disobeying him, yielding to the temptation of pride and self-sufficiency.” (2010 Homily on Ash Wednesday)

CLICK HERE for the Readings for Ash Wednesday: (Joel 2.12-18; Ps 51; 2 Corinthians 5.20-6.2; Matthew 6.1-6, 16-18)


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