I’ve now read two blogs about Ash Wednesday. Ashes and Affirmation in the Light of True Humanity, by Jon Jameson, a classmate of mine, which emphasizes pretty much everything I think about Ash Wednesday. He’s a very talented author – there’s another entry on there that I recommend people read as well.
The second one is actually disturbing to me, being called “Glitter Ash Wednesday“, and has been created to be supportive of the GLBTQ community. I guess what disturbs me most is that they seem to miss the point – from dust we were created, and to dust we will descend. We are all sinners in the sight of God, despite being His beloved, and saved through the passion of Christ. This isn’t about one group or any special interests or political statements. To reference my last entry, I’m thinkin’ these people, with the best of intentions, are listening to Dame Folly.
But then I realize that I have just been terribly judgmental. I guess part of it is that I think people are being led astray from the meaning of Ash Wednesday. And at the same time, I can see that part of what they’re wanting to emphasize is persecution, which Christ certainly suffered in abundance. But during His time in the desert, He overcame the temptations of the flesh, and showed us how the spirit can overcome. It was about mastering Himself, and fulfilling the commandments of God – truly being the fulfillment of the Old Testament.
So as usual, I’m beginning to have as many hands as Shiva. And I’ll leave this here. 🙂