A Sermon for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, March 3, 2022

By: David H. May, Rector

 

 

The church in Corinth about drove Paul crazy. That congregation was divided into warring factions – bickertons – who all knew better than the other about the mystery of Jesus and his power. Each faction was certain that they – unlike the other factions – possessed the truth. Paul fired back – especially in his 2nd letter to them – that they had got it all wrong. Not their bickering and infighting and backbiting. That is to be expected of people even in the church. No, Paul, thundered at them, ‘I proclaim Christ and him crucified’ – and by that he means, the power of Jesus sacrificing love, love that led him to lay down his blameless life for those who bear much blame. The power of sacrificial love is the same power that gave birth to the sun and moon and stars and this good earth and you and me, and it is the only power than can save us from ourselves. The love of Jesus. So, ‘Be reconciled to God’ for Jesus’ sake.

Reconciliation, by the way, is the reunion of people who are separated from one another but are meant to be together. (We are in a new time when that seems all but impossible. The old chorus from fallen Eden is our daily food and drink: It’s your fault, no it’s your fault! You’re worse than me and besides you started it. No, you’re worse than me and you started it. It’s an endless, loveless, hopeless cycle that traps people inside it with a kind of centrifugal force, like the way a black hole in space spirals all matter – including light – into its dark mysterious annihilating depths.

Which, admittedly, is a pretty grim image. Am I saying there’s no way out?

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Ash Wednesday Service

Christians all over the world make a good beginning to the holy season of Lent by making every effort to attend Ash Wednesday services. The Ash Wednesday liturgy includes the imposition of ashes (which is optional) and the Holy Eucharist. Please join your sisters and brothers at St. Mary’s along with Christians throughout the world in making ‘a right beginning’, as the Prayer Book has it, for a holy Lent.

Ash Wednesday Service

Christians all over the world make a good beginning to the holy season of Lent by making every effort to attend Ash Wednesday services. The Ash Wednesday liturgy includes the imposition of ashes (which is optional) and the Holy Eucharist. Please join your sisters and brothers at St. Mary’s along with Christians throughout the world in making ‘a right beginning’, as the Prayer Book has it, for a holy Lent.