>> Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tis Ash Wednesday and the day when we, as Catholics, are anointed with ashes to remind us that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Tis a reminder that our life in Christ is not about us...tis about The Mission, the Great Commission. Lent is a training camp for teaching usto forget ourselves so that we may be better warriors for The Message. The Message that Jesus died for our sins; though He is God, He took the form of man to battle for us against the enemy of our souls...sin.
In the Great Commission, Jesus told us to take The Message into all the world. To be able to carry that Message in our lives, we have to live according to the Gospels for the Message to have meaning. So we give up those things that hinder the Message; loose tongues, bad habits. St. Paul reminds us that the most effective way to preach theMessage is to LIVE the Message.
Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow Him. Let us begin anew to put on the Gospel Life and leave behind grudges, gossip, sarcasm,and satiety of the senses. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and be a gentle and forgiving child of God. Then we too, can speak with power and authority for the sake of The Message.
Submitted By JC of Plain Catholic in the Mountains