Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Lent is here.. a time for taking a stock of our lives. Penence, sacrifice.

Our 40 days in the desert...

Reading for today.

Joel: 2:12-18

Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the altarlet the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people,and make not your heritage a reproach,with the nations ruling over them!Why should they say among the peoples,‘Where is their God?’”

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his landand took pity on his people.

I'll be getting my ashes at lunch. I know it can be very humbling going back to work with that smugg on the one's forehead.

I always find it interesting to see fellow Catholics, identified by their ashes.

Peace +<><

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