Today we begin a time of healing...healing and fasting.
We hear of the differences between the Prophet Joel and Christ.
Joel proposes a "fast" which is the work of the entire world, where as Jesus calls us to hide from the world. This proposal is a disappearance for a moment it may become for the world like a "dust", which is worthless. Our awareness is that our life looks exactly like that. Everything we have, all our efforts also become "the dust".
Today, we are invited to understand that our life develops in our innermost self develops only in relation with God. Our life is really life when the foundation is love to God and man.
If today we gladly receive the ashes as a sign of our lowliness and humility, it is worth considering whether this gesture is worth being applied to any other aspect of our daily life. We ask, is it worth it just to accept this attitude of life?
Often, on our heads other people pour ashes as a lack of esteem or hatred. Then it turns out that we are not with humility. We are unable to remember these words, "you are dust"- and we add much more.
Lent should be an occasion not only to be like "dust"which is nothing in our life but Lent must be a time whereby thru fast, prayer and alms giving we will try to find the answer to the question. What is important in life? and whether what we are doing for ourselves and others has a deeper meaning? or, if our effort is merely "dust"?
If we learn humility, it will show us how to ascend to the second level, going the same way and place to God and His love.
This not only needs time, but also, we need to take the time to be alone.