“From dust you came and to dust you shall return”
First Reading: Joel 2:1-2; 12-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:2
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21
Homily by Fr. Romie-June Peñalosa

During Ash Wednesday’s Homily, Fr. Jun reminded us of the importance of the imposition of ashes. Ashes remind us of our mortality – that we do not have time to waste. It also keeps us humble before God. Ashes were also used for repentance. Daniel put ashes in his head when he fasted. Finally ashes were also used for intercession, like the time Esther put ashes on her head and she prayed for her people.

From today’s gospel, we are also reminded of three disciplines. First is the discipline of giving. God teaches us to give so that we will not keep our focus on ourselves but on other people. The second discipline is praying. Fr. Jun reminded us that the best form of prayer is listening. Finally the third discipline is fasting. It disciplines the heart and shows that we are willing to sacrifice for the Lord.

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