Day 1: Gather

By Aaron Pazan

Today, Christians are gathering around the world for Ash Wednesday. Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM says something worth noting.

“We can feel a little funny with ashes on our foreheads, but for Catholics (and other Christians), that’s how we mark the start of Lent. Ashes don’t say holy. They say we’re sinners. They don’t say we’re perfect, only that we’re willing to try. They don’t say we’re models of religiosity, but they do say we belong. In today’s world of loners and isolates, that says a lot.”

We gather today with other Christians for a service of ashes that remind us from dust we’ve come and dust we are and shall return. The imposition of ashes does not only remind us of the fact the we will die someday but it reminds us of the fact that we belong. We live in an age where we don’t take the time to sit down and appreciate things. We forget that as children of God, we belong, we are loved by a community of people that is just as broken as we are.

In the words of artist Mark A. Miller “No matter what people say, say, or think about me, I am a child, I am a child of God. No matter what people say, say or think about you, you are child, you are a child of God. No matter what the world says, say or thinks about me, I am a child, I am a child of God. No matter what the church says, decisions pronouncements on you, you are a child, you are a child of God. And there is no thing, or no one who can separate, they can’t separate from the truth that you’re someone, you are family, you are meant to be a child, a child of God! You are a child, you are a child of God!”

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