This coming Wednesday, March 1, is Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent will begin, recalling the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert.
The ashes we receive on Ash Wednesday acknowledge publicly that we are sinners and we are willing to do penance for our sins. The ashes are made from the burning of the palms from last Palm Sunday. We praised Jesus with palms in the beginning of Holy Week. Now we call to mind that we have sinned since then.
Lent is a time when we turn away from the sinfulness in our life. We are preparing to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Let's use the season of Lent to recognize what separates us from God, where we fall to sin. Then we can turn away from that sinfulness and grow closer to the Lord. We can prepare to celebrate the gift of eternal life, gained for us by Jesus.
Sincerely in Christ,