Homily for Ash Wednesday Year C
Theme: “PRAYER, FASTING AND ALMSGIVING”
By: Rev. Fr. Andrew Toye
Homily for Ash Wednesday March 6 2019
The season of Lent is a collective retreat period for all Christians. It’s a period of forty days during which we shall be spending special and quality moments with the Lord both individually and collectively. “40-days” is roughly the one-tenth of the year, and like the biblical tithe, we ought to give the Lord a special offering of a pure heart and contrite spirit.
The ashes we receive today have the sacramental character of reminding us of the mortality of the body and the eternity of the soul.
The body upon which we lavish so much attention will turn to dust. The soul that we often ignore will live forever. We are urged, therefore to undertake a resolute journey of ordering our priorities through personal and spiritual renewal.
As the prophet Joel calls the whole community together to seek the Lord, so we are all called to make the spiritual journey to new life in Christ. St. Paul writes that there is no better time for this renewal and commitment to God than now; now is a grace-filled hour. In today’s Gospel Reading, the Lord gives us the keys to the Lenten discipline; Prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Prayer: Eternal Father, grant that during these forty days I may share more profoundly in your divine life, and help me to know more certainly the depths of your love. Amen .