Date: February 17, 2021
Epiphany comes to an end; Lent is arriving. Our journey with our Lord continues through the Church year. We now start the season of reflection as we prepare for Holy Week.
Ash Wednesday is a day when we remind ourselves of the gift of time. Yesterday, ashes were distributed in Scott Lounge. The liturgy this morning affords an opportunity to mark that moment in the service “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” As the old saying goes, “life is terminal; no one gets out alive.”
For Christians, this is a moment when we race the reality of time. We feel the significance and impact of time passing. And in this pandemic season where we are missing the normal; we are all invited to remember that those simple patterns of proximity, presence, smiles, and hugs are all special; let us all vow never to take the normal for granted again; and let us pray for that normality to return soon.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President