Learn more about Ash Wednesday: http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/p/Ash_Wednesday.htm
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030117.cfm
Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God.
Blow the trumpet in Zion! proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the people, notify the congregation; Assemble the elders, gather the children and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room and the bride her chamber. Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep, And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach, with the nations ruling over them! Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'”
Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land and took pity on his people.
Today we start a time of fasting, penance and prayers. We are preparing for the greatest feast in all of Christendom. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church asks us to go deeper into ourselves and find ways that we can change, become better Catholics and grow closer to Our Lord. It is not just about giving up something, it is about growing, learning who we are in God and developing a closer relationship to Him. If you have to give up something, give up bad habits, foul language, impatience, these all hinder us from growing closer to God.
Prayer: Repent and believe the Good News.
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.