Remember that you are dust

February 13, 2013

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.”

Today is the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, and these are the words that we will share with one another at the service this evening while putting ashes on one another’s foreheads.

 “Remember…”  Because, sure enough, we do forget.  We forget that we’re mortal.  We forget that life is incredibly short.  We forget that, because we’re made out of the same stuff as everything else on the planet, we have a deep kinship with all sentient beings.  And we forget our utter dependence on the Breath of Life which sustains us and gives us being.

So, we ritualize our remembering.  It comes around every year.  We can’t avoid it.  There are seasons of celebration and feasting; and seasons of contemplation and fasting. 

Our Sunday worship times during this season will feature different Lenten Beattitudes.  For the six Sundays of Lent, we will ponder: 

Blessed are those who make space (Feb 17)

Blessed are the decentered (Feb 24)

Blessed are those who ‘leave it’ (March 3)

Blessed are the embraced (March 10)

Blessed are the unencumbered (March 17)

Blessed are the joiners (March 24)

 

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