Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.
Lent is a sacred season of 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. It begins with Ash Wednesday, marked by the solemn tradition of receiving ashes on the forehead, symbolizing repentance and mortality. Throughout Lent, we are called to deepen our faith through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This spiritual journey reflects Jesus’ own 40 days of fasting and temptation in the desert, preparing him for his ministry and ultimate sacrifice. By reflecting on our shortcomings, practicing self-denial, and actively serving others, we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate the joy of Easter and the resurrection of Christ. Lent is a time for introspection, transformation, and renewed commitment to our faith, ultimately leading to a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace.
This year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th, 2024.
|Father, we are so insignificant. We are only dust. As David marveled, “what is man that you are mindful of him?” So too, we marvel. We know that someday death will be destroyed. We know that we are more than dust because of your grace. But we are also aware of our own mortality. Until Christ returns, we will all return to dust. Teach us, then, to number our days. May the life that we have been given be used for your glory. And may these bodies of ours be sown in resurrection hope. We are but dust, and yet so much more because we are created in your image.