Wednesday 22 February 2023

About Today Readings

Ash Wednesday |Chair of St Peter, Apostle

Joel 2:12-18. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned – Psalm 50(51):3-6, 12-14, 17. 2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

We walk together with God

There are few places in our world today where one might trumpet their holiness and win praise for it. While many might be tolerant of religious faith, that tolerance tends to dissipate the louder someone is about it. Many in our society tend to greet religion with bemusement, and often outright hostility.

Wearing ashes, then, has a different feel about it today. It marks Christians as inhabiting a different space, and embodying a different set of values. It might change our colleagues’ opinion about us. It also sets us up for accusations of hypocrisy, particularly if we fail to live up to Christian values otherwise.

We pray we can wear our ashes today as we plan to live our Christian lives for the rest of the year – with humble courage and faith that we walk together with God.

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