In the Middle Ages and still today, people go to Church and ask God for forgiveness. They hand God their sins and say, “Please forgive me”. Then as a visual sign that they are forgiven, the Minister draws a cross on their foreheads using ashes. Usually the ashes are the burned remains of last year’s palm branches.
Lent is a time during which the Church looks at what they believe. It is a time of reflecting upon our life in Christ and how we can become amazing examples of Christ in our neighbourhood and world. Lent is also a time of repentance – a time of saying to Christ, “I am sorry for not sharing your life with others”.
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (NRSV)
How will we share the love of Christ with everyone that we meet today?
Prayer: Almighty God, I rejoice in Your love. Grant me the enthusiasim today to share Your love with everyone that I meet. Amen.