Today Christians throughout the world will take on ashes. Some will receive ashes after standing in line waiting for hours, while others will get their ashes to go. Students and faculty in the AUC have a variety of choices for getting ashes placed on their foreheads here at Absalom Jones. Some will sneak in between classes or meetings and meet me with rushed bodies yet eager souls. Others will join us for a solemn worship service at 6:15. Still others will come in for the Rite of Reconciliation and make their private confession before hearing these words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Regardless of how, when, or where you receive your ashes, may you allow that moment to free you from the pressure to try to do anything beyond that which is possible for mere mortals to achieve. May the imposition of ashes serve as a reminder that you, dear mortal, are loved infinitely by an immortal God.
I invite you to the observance of a holy Lent.