A smudge for relection. Are you wearing one today?
Alfred had an old car that ran OK on paved roads, but on the bumpy roads near his home it would pop out of gear. To Alfred this was always a surprise. After he heard the bump he would press the gas pedal, but the car would continue to slow down. Only then would he remember to put the car back in gear. But that moment after the bump, when nothing seemed to work, was always the strange one for him.
Reflection strikes many of us the same way. Our lives are full of action, doing things, making things happen. Our goals drive us ahead. We like to count our achievements daily. Regular reflection, which is an essential part of fine tuning our humanity, may give many of us the same kind of feeling Alfred got when his old car popped out of gear.
Perhaps this is why the church developed putting a smudge of ash on our foreheads.
The smudge reminds us of to prepare for a richer participation in the celebration of Spring and Easter.
Give us patience to REFLECT!!!! Cathy Lee
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