Last week, we acknowledged Ash Wednesday. This has become a special way of beginning the forty-day journey (not counting Sundays) to Good Friday and Easter. Jesus comes alongside us, looks at the things which destroy life, and says to us…..COME WITH ME. We follow Christ, as He makes his way toward the Cross, which destroyed His life.
Wearing ashes, we follow Jesus, we discover that He actually comes with us into all those situations, which threaten to rob our life of its value. As we follow Him, we discover how He intends to deal with everything that destroys life. Things like selfishness and hate. Even death itself. Wearing ashes, we believe that there is life beyond death. That is why people come and receive the sign of the cross marked with ashes.