Proclaiming their Faith in the public square as they go about marked with a black cross still as praiseworthy as it was for Catholics to uphold the feast of Ash Wednesday by making a point of receiving ashes. This can easily become merely a pious habit, “something we Catholics do.”
On the 14th of February 2018, as St. Joseph’s parish Guruve, we celebrated ash Wednesday as we were reminded that we are in the world but not for the world. We are ashes and from dust we came & we shall return. The parish priest Fr. Bumhira preached about Ash Wednesday as it marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a season of penance, reflecting and fasting, which prepares us to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday, through which we attain our redemption.
On Ash Wednesday we dispense ashes, which is a reminder of Genesis 3:19,”By the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, until you return to the earth from which you were taken. For dust you are, and unto dust you shall return.” He also mentioned reflections upon our lives, what we are in the eyes of God. We were reminded that we are all dust. As we journey on these 40 days we should experience what Christ experienced and also the people of Israel. He went on emphasising that it is time for prayer, fasting and alms giving.
Ashes are a symbol of penance which are made sacramental by the blessing of the church and help us to develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. We are to reflect upon the sins we have committed. We have disobeyed God in many ways and now it is time to repent..
We are Gethsemane people, people of prayer we should shine in this season, shine in alms giving and shine in fasting, to make use of the road less travelled but travelled for a purpose as we are all sinners. This is our time to reconcile with the lord. And we should as well reconcile with the people around us. Return back from our sins. Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.