A Homily for Ash Wednesday
Grace to you and peace from God our Heavenly Father and Christ Jesus our Lord, who calls us to repentance and new life in himself. Amen.
“Beware of practicing your piety before others.”
“Whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting.”
“When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face.”
We read these words from Saint Matthew’s Gospel every year before we begin our Lenten fast.
Minutes later, we kneel down and receive an ashen cross prominently on our foreheads – an obvious and outward sign that we went to church like good little Christians. Continue reading “Ashes to Ashes”