Ash Wednesday - Year B
Penitential approach — wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
Discipleship approach — TEACH ME WISDOM
purge me with hyssop
LET ME HEAR JOY AND GLADNESS
I WILL TEACH
a broken spirit
DO GOOD, REBUILD
We begin Lent with choices of approach. Some will appeal to some, but not to all. All-in-all, the discipleship approach bears more hope and fruitfulness than the penitential. This also accords with the beginning of Lenten disciplines looking toward baptism and membership in Christian Community. Little-by-little, we shifted from an affirmation to a denial-of-self. That shift carried with it the seeds of destruction. A church cannot last (though it has for a long time) only built on penitence and atonement and other doctrinal formulations. A Living G*D will simply move on and leave it doing its rituals.
May Ash Wednesday find you still moving toward discipleship and living out the belovedness of baptism.