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Month of March

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday

Month of March

Month of March

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday with a reminder that we are dust and into dust we shall return. It’s not the most cheery of subjects, but it might just be the wake-up call we need. Modern living in the more prosperous societies tends to be about enjoyment and easy living. The better off you are, the more you are able to be at ease and enjoy yourself. But let’s not kid ourselves, this message we are being given is really just an attempt to get us to spend money and support the consumerist society. There is a subliminal message going on all the time telling us that this is all that there is to concern ourselves in life. When we stop and think about it we know that it’s not true – well we think it’s not true or at least it might not be true, but we will continue with it anyway. And that’s the problem: we are losing the will to live and replacing it with a will to have an easy comfortable enjoyable life. Remembering that we are dust and to dust we shall return, offers us the opportunity to remember who we really are and what our life is about. On the face of it, you might think that it is a negative message, but it is an extremely positive one, because it reminds us that we are not just what we consume or what entertains us, we are what we create, and we have a life and a world to create. We have a purpose in life, a place to go in life, something worthwhile to do in life, something good to share and make our world a better place. So, don’t listen when you see an advert that tells you your worth it, or you deserve to treat yourself to something to enjoy life more. Listen instead to the words remember that you are dust and into dust you shall return and know that you have been given great things so that you can, with God’s grace, do even greater things.