If you’re hanging out on Twitter today, or Instagram or Facebook for that matter, you’ll see plenty of “selfie” New Evangelization going on as folks share via the #ashtag hashtag. As I type this, #AshWednesday is even trending on Twitter:
Why does this matter? Aren’t selfies with ashes just the same brand of self-centered behavior as regular selfies?
I’d argue not. So, I believe, would my buddy Deacon Greg Kandra. Or the USCCB, which has a whole Ash Wednesday selfie album going on (send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org). And FOCUS gets in on the act with an awesome post that will help you ID the “eight types of ashes you might get” or see on your friends #ashtag selfies.
Today Bishop-Elect Myron Cotta proclaimed to the faithful at our 8:00 Mass as he marked our foreheads with ashes, “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” The gospel tells us to share the Good News. When we use the tools at our disposal to do so in new, innovative, and even fun ways, we become a part of the New Evangelization.
A question for you: Have you received your ashes yet today? Was your parish crowded?