Reflections for Ash Wednesday: February 14, 2018

Ash WednesdayWelcome to Lent 2018: Repent, Listen & Love! The season of Lent offers an opportunity for us to take time and space to examine our lives and listen to the Spirit; to use the time-revered tools of prayer (attending to God), fasting (doing without to allow space and clarity for listening and loving), and almsgiving (gifts of love to those in need); and to make the changes needed to live in the fullness of God’s love as the body of Christ for the world.

Silence is God’s first language’ (John of the Cross); everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and rest in God. (Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.)

How committed are you to making time for what’s most important? How open are you to the nudge of the Spirit? Can you recognize what God is communicating in the events and situations in your life? In our community’s prayer this season, small windows of opportunity for silence and listening will be offered that hopefully encourage the same in your daily life. “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” (Mother Teresa) May this season help you return to God and allow love to grow to fullness in your life.

This year at Epiphany the celebration of Ash Wednesday and distribution of ashes will take place at:

  • Morning Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours), 8:30 AM, Fr. Randy Hubbard presiding and Polly Duncan-Collum preaching.
  • Evening Mass (Liturgy of the Eucharist), 7:00 PM, Fr. Randy Hubbard presiding and preaching.

The Scripture selections for Morning Prayer:

The Readings for Mass:

  • Joel 2:12-18. Return to God, with your whole heart. Proclaim a fast, call an assembly!
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20–6:2. Be reconciled – now is the acceptable time. Become reconcilers for each other just as Jesus has reconciled humanity and God.
  • Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. Don't perform religious acts for others to see. Prayer (attending to God), fasting (doing without to allow space and clarity for listening and loving) and almsgiving (gifts of love to those in need) are the three traditional actions for this season of repentance.

For our prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lent support the work of Catholic Relief Services - pick up a Rice Bowl and donate goods on March 17-18, 2018 (watch for upcoming details).

CLICK HERE to see all our offerings for Lent 2018.