Today is Ash Wednesday, the kickoff to Lent.
During the Ash Wednesday liturgy, the priest traces a cross on our foreheads. Usually, the priest will state “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Another option in the liturgy, one used less often is:
“Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Jesus’ first words of his public ministry as he emerged from the desert were “repent.” The original Greek term used in Scripture for “repent” is “metanoia“, which means a radical transformation of mind and heart — a complete turning away from what may harm us spiritually (sin) and a turning toward God.
And this is the objective of the season of Lent: metanoia — to allow our minds to be transformed, to be freed from things that bind us to be liberated for love.
The Church proposes fasting, prayer, and almsgiving as means to be liberated for love during Lent in preparation for Easter, the Resurrection of Christ, and the fulfillment of Love through Christ’s life. Check out the resource below: we have included a plan for discerning one’s call to fast, pray, and give alms this Lent.
And this is my prayer for you this Lent:
That you become more fully liberated for Love.