“SNAP OUT OF IT!” An Ash Wednesday Sermon I’d Give

The Ash Wednesday wake-up call is the start of a spiritual spring-cleaning I always love, even when the spiritual work is heavy and messy. I love the mass readings (Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart. . .). I love the sense of ancient tribalism that accompanies the smearing of ashes onto foreheads -- this outward sign of penance, of belonging, and self-revelation: I belong to Christ, and I am a sinner.I even love being reminded, as the priest or deacon marks me, that … [Read more...]