Ash Wednesday reminds the church of the virtue of humility…

From dust (ash) we came to dust we shall return. We were born empty handed and weak, likewise we will leave this world empty handed and weak. Ash is a worthless remnant of something, It reminds us of our nothingness. Yet the ash is fashioned into a cross which is the symbol of hope, through which Jesus delivered to us the gift of salvation. The ash reminds us of our sins, but the sign of the cross reminds us of the wide-open arms of Jesus extended to us, calling us to reconcile with God. The Jews once put lamb’s blood on top of their doors so that they will be spared when the angel of death pass by, today we put ashes on our foreheads, to remind us that despite our imperfections Jesus saved us not only for a day but for all eternity…

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