I have developed an aversion to being where other people are on Ash Wednesday. I’m not sure exactly why this is, but it’s probably for one or more of these reasons:
- The ash-mark-on-forehead symbol is not in my world of experience and is neither a habit nor an interest of mine.
- Although I’m confident that some choose and accept the ashen symbol very sincerely, I’ve never been sure how to respond (or not) to those who use it.
- I don’t want anyone to think I am disinterested in Jesus because my forehead lacks a dark mark.
Speaking painfully candidly here: I confess the need to be more interested in Jesus—more devoted to the memory and meaning of His singular suffering, yes—but beyond that, more devoted to hearing, learning from, and following Jesus. Otherwise, how will my son (or anyone else) have any idea?
Opening post from this seasonal series: https://blcasey.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/in-this-time-of-year-1/