Ash Wednesday: It’s Not What, But Why

Bob's Blog of Wonder

Ash Wednesday Scriptures:

Joel 2:12-17

Psalm 51 or Psalm 103

Hebrews 12:1-14 and 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Gospel : Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21; or Luke 18:9-14

Ash Wednesday, the Start of Lent

On Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent, it’s time to take stock of the truths about ourselves that don’t sit well in our guts. There’s one truth in particular that leaves the people of today’s world most uneasy: the universe does not revolve around you. Psalm 103:14, like Ecclesiastes 3:20, reminds us of what we were at the start. Psalm 51 says that we’ve gotten all fouled up. Amos writes about the two-faced trickery of his generation. Our self-obsessed era is no different. We were made very good, but we keep mucking it up. Because you’re not all that good, God demands that you be truthful about it. God says ‘deal with it’. (After all, God did…

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