Reflections From The Bible And Life

Lent

Joel 2:2-17; Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 ;

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Today, I had a priest put ash on my forehead, marking the start of 46 days of lent (40 days, not counting Sundays) before Easter. As the priest put on the ash of burnt palm on my forehead, I am reminded that I came from ash and to ash I shall return.  God made Jesus who bore no sin to be sin for us, so that we may be cleansed of it and become righteous. Today is a reminder for us to celebrate the mysterious mercy of  God who loves us this much. As a sign of love & compassion for God and regret for what we’ve done, we offer personal sacrifices to the Lord. For Ireland, it’s No Smoking Day today, signifying abandonment of luxuries, with smoking being a luxury. On my part, I would be fasting on food today, and for the rest of lenten season, abstaining from meat on Fridays and fasting on other days.

There are many ways to  fast for today. One can fast for anything that he loves doing, or even thinking. It can be an activity such as sex, (for married couples) driving a favorite sports car, smoking, drinking, gambling, traveling, leisure activities, (if you regularly do such activities) and many more.

Let us celebrate lent in solemnity while we still carry on with our regular activities. Let us not be like the hypocrites in biblical times who give alms in public places so that they may be noticed and praised.

Matthew 6:1 says “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

Today is Ash Wednesday. Let us all go to church and have our ashes placed on our foreheads, as we observe the start of the Lenten season.

God Bless! 🙂

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