Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Today is Ash Wednesday 2010

If you’re a busy person like me and you’re a Catholic, let me remind you that today is Ash Wednesday. Yes, it is the day signifying the start of the Lenten season.

Had I not sat beside a lady in the bus with a black cross mark on the forehead, this day would have passed unnoticed.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of imposing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a symbol of repentance. If you don’t know yet, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday are gathered from the burned Palm Crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. In the Roman Catholic Church, this day is observed by repentance, fasting and abstinence from meat. But more importantly, it is a day of contemplating one’s transgressions.

For me, this day is the best reminder that we are more than our earthly possessions. Indeed, we are from dust and unto dust we shall return. It doesn’t matter how rich we are, how popular or powerful we have become in this world. In the end, we will leave all of these worldly possessions behind. What matters most is how we accept the truth that we are sinners and we fell short of what is expected of us as Christians. Yes, we are at the mercy of God’s love so let’s make everyday a testament of God’s eternal goodness.

May God richly bless us all this Lenten season!


sandy said...

I'm not Catholic, but sadly remembered the day as the beginning of my mother going down hill. She had emergency surgery 1 year ago on Ash Wednesday, was put on hospice on Good Friday, and died on Easter Monday. Those days are bothersome.

alf said...

i know but did not get the chance to go to church.


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