"It’s Temporary" (Ash Wednesday 2021)
This pandemic is temporary. The church being closed, temporary. The way our world is, like it or not, temporary. You and I are also temporary. Unfortunately, our tendency is to live as if we will last for ever and we waste ourselves on attitudes and actions that are less than nourishing. Within the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday is the day we collectively are shocked into facing that our days are limited. We mark ourselves with ashes acknowledging our mortality. From here we enter into 40 days of preparation for Easter. Drawing from an ancient word which originally meant spring, we call this season of preparation Lent. Put simply, on Ash Wednesday, we face our deaths and in Lent, we ask ourselves “how then should we live” in light of that reality.