Today’s reception of ashes on this first day of Lent reminds us of our twofold call; we are called to turn away and to be faithful. We turn away from sin and are faithful to the gospel.
This simple formula sets the direction for our Lenten journey. We strive to turn away from any obstacles or distractions that keep us from deepening our relationship with Jesus. We are faithful to the gospel call to be loved and to love as Jesus did with mercy, forgiveness and compassion.
May these be the guiding forces that fashion our next forty days. May these days truly transform us and help us to fall ever more deeply in love with Jesus. Let us pray for one another.