Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

There is quite a bit going on today. Valentine’s Day – should I give my wife candy or possibly dry toast because today is also Ash Wednesday. You do know I’m joking with the first statement – my wife isn’t a big fan of chocolates.

How does one begin the season of Lent – with prayer. Most the people I know will spend a lot of effort sacrificing something, anything, over these next 40 days. Not eating in between meals, no fast foods, no sodas – here are a few my children sacrifice each year – ketchup and ramen soup. Might I suggest a different sacrifice – get up an hour early each day and do something that causes you to reflect on Jesus and his passion. I can offer a few suggestions:
1. Read the book from the Prophet Isaiah.
2. Read the book The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop
3. the Lenten Black Book (see link on this website)
4. Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries
5. while in your car – listen to “Jesus Christ Superstar” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I started this a few years ago and find it a great way to reflect on the Passion of Christ.

In closing, from today’s Gospel:
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Mt 6:2-4

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