Oh hey, it’s Ash Wednesday. And I just reached home from Ash Wednesday Mass.
And for all Catholic Christians, this is the beginning of penance and fasting which will be last after 40 days, and so it’s called Lent.
On Ash Wed, dust is marked on the forehead as to reminding ourselves that “for dust thou art, and into dust thou shall return,” [Gen 3:19] and indicating our readiness to celebrate the season of Lent.
Alms-giving, Prayer, Fasting: These must be done out of our love for God and desire to deepen our relationship with Him and not for the impure motive of wanting to “show” others how “holy” we are.
Have a blessed Lenten season. May God bless us all.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”