What, Lent again? - Ash Wednesday

  

Ash Wednesday

 (Joel 2: 12-18; 2Cor 5: 20-6:2; Mt 6 1-6, 16-18)

How often have we heard this cry from God?

`Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting and weeping and
mourning. Rend your heart, not your garment. Return to Yahweh
Your God - gracious and compassionate'.

 

Can we hear God's pleading to come home - a state of wellbeing -where in his love and tenderness we are healed and made whole? Can we today take the risk to step into that sacred space of Lent grounded in God who is the Source and encirclement of all that lives and breathes? Can we today say 'yes' to God's purifying love so that with him we may build bridges, break down walls, give birth to justice, peace and wholeness, free to touch the heart of the world with love?

The ashes with which we are marked are a symbol not just for today but for the season. They are a marking out, a signing in memory of our baptismal signing with oil and water. We are marked with a cross which speaks of immense love, suffering and salvation. In this action we are called to become conscious of how we contribute to the life and misery of the world. In this action we are challenged to recognise the divine power within - a source of outpouring love if we but 'lay down our lives' that others may experience the power of resurrection.

 

Breath prayer: (Please read the introduction for an explanation)

 

I breathe in:      ‘Peace, be still'. This prayer is for myself.

 

I breathe out: 'I am with you'.

 

I breathe in: 'Peace'. This prayer is for someone or event.

 

I breathe out: 'Peace'. Surround the person or event with peace.

  

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