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Ash Wednesday

February 18, 2015

FROM DEATH TO LIFE

Today we hear that we are to return to God – with fasting, weeping and mourning. Because of our sins, it is a day of self-imposed suffering as an offering to God – not that God needs it – but rather; because we do.

We need to remember that life is not possible without death, lest we take it for granted. We don’t like to think about it very much – but all of creation is quite used to the idea that there will be death and suffering – quite grotesque at times – as part of the privilege of life.

The only way to embrace life is to experience death. That is why we wear ashes today – not simply to remind ourselves that we are mortal, but that by embracing our mortality, we open our mind to know our immortality.

The Lenten season, this parish is going to experience the death and resurrection of Christ in the context of creation itself. We are not just going to understand the cross as God’s embrace of suffering humanity, but of the whole of creation, which suffers in its own right – often as a result of our own mismanagement of the gifts we have been offered.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Ash Wednesday (Joel 2:12-18; Psalm 51; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)

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