Ash Wednesday 2013

A few thoughts from Pr. Lura on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Today is Ash Wednesday. Many of us will have ashes placed on our foreheads to remember our mortal and transitory nature. We are here but for a season and during that time God asks us to live in a way that honors the life of the Son and brings glory and integrity to the Sacred that has claimed our lives.
None of us are perfect. We all fail. And yet, God insists on forgiving us over and over again. When we recognize that we are here but for a moment in time and that our choices affect the human family we will be less prone to [harm] in our intentions with others. This takes conscious awareness of our motives and a deliberate movement away from those things that will harm our body and spirit and that of others. 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was aware of this when he said "There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."
In spite of our nature, God has chosen to call us "friends, amig@s" in act of self-giving Love. Today when we have those ashes placed on our foreheads, remember that "you are mortal and that everyone you meet is created in the image and likeness of the divine nature, for they too are amig@s of God!" -A Dios sea la Gloria, Jay Alanis, PhD