Thursday, February 07, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday readings are here.

Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. Isaiah 58

Remember you are stardust
and to stardust you will return


"Ms. Cornelius" said...

Your words got me to thinking:

We need to reorient the Lenten sacrifice in so many people's minds. I live in a place that has a big Mardi Gras tradition that I find appalling. It's become even more commercialized than Christmas, and that's saying something.

To think of the Lenten discipline as a chance to serve others instead of parading one's own sacrifice-- or of diving into gluttony and excess before subsiding into the grace of Lent-- would be such a wonderful re-imagining and rededication of what is supposed to be a holy time.

Ann said...

I talked about this some more in an earlier post. Thanks.