Ash Wednesday

Isaiah 58:1–12; 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21

Why do we humans so love to fake goodness? Year after year Lent brings another shout-out to the soul. Year after year we find ourselves dragged forward against the grain of our pretensions of religiosity, through the vulnerability of hearts tender with shames and fears, so that God may find us and make of us transmitters of a light other than our own.

After the November 2012 election there was considerable amazement in the press at how completely the losing party’s leadership had been fooled into believing its own alternative reality. The other side was able to say, “Told you so!” The phrase “epistemic closure” was bandied about—meaning locked into a self-flattering bubble instead of rubbing up against reality.


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