The lectionary readings for Ash Wednesday are the same each year. So it almost doesn’t feel like Ash Wednesday if I go through the day without hearing Psalm 51: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”
Lent | Ash Wednesday (Year A)
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
How on earth do we balance the quietness of our hearts with a public call to repentance?
In the Christian imagination, the joining of heaven and earth has long been refracted through the joining of people in disparate social situations.
by Peter BrownApril 2, 2015