Ash Wednesday - Year B
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Blowing trumpets does not keep darkness away. The same is true for gloom of any degree.
How does a sanctified fast differ from a cleansing fast? Is there a difference between these and a fast resulting from mourning? A fast with more solemnity than another fast, seems to be a significant factor, but it is not.
Weeping priests are no protection against an angry G*D or a frail people. Better for us to have a relationship based on reality, not power of coercion by tears or flattery.
Ash Wednesday is less helpful as a manipulation of weeping, sorrow, and penance. It is helpful if it leads us to be real with one another and our environment.