Both Moses and Jesus give us good Lenten advice: choose life! For Christians, that means we carry the cross with Christ, daily, St. Luke adds.
Carrying the cross is speaking the heavy burden of TRUTH daily. Daily I speak the Truth to dictators, to oppressors and to hypocritical religious leaders. And daily I speak the truth to myself, to my dictatorial, oppressive and hypocritical self.
Not to do this means I forfeit my life. And when I forfeit I give up, I do not play or I do not show up.
That is why I need the ashes. Repent and believe in the Gospel.
Black Cross by Georgia O’Keefe, 1929
Photo credit: Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B.