Happy Ash Wednesday everyone! I hope your Lenten Season is a holy one. This year, Ash Wednesday gets off to a unique start with the sprinkling of blessed ashes on the top of our heads. This is an Ash Wednesday you will never forget! Yesterday, I kept reminding myself not to forget to get up early because the first mass is at 6:30am! Plus, I hope to remember not to eat meat. I am deeply grateful that I still enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
The Gospel for the day on Ash Wednesday is Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
, where Jesus gives us a valuable lesson on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. When I read about going to your inner room to pray, I think about the chapel in the rectory at Saint Raphael Parish in Bay Village. The chapel is truly an inner room right in the middle of the house! The Chapel is very nice, but there are no windows. I always wished the chapel had some natural light coming into it. Maybe no natural light was meant to led me to think about the desire for the light of Christ.
During this Lent, we have an opportunity to make resolutions and offer sacrifices of various kinds, but above all, let us go to our inner room to pray. We need to connect to God the Father, who always sees us, and may our time spent in prayer deepen our desire and our love for Him. Again, I hope you have a wonderful Lenten journey. God bless and stay safe!
Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene