Mulling over the reading for today.
Ash Wednesday, March 5
We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
The Book of Common Prayer, p. 267
Loving our neighbor can look like ensuring her ability to feed
herself and her family. Jesus fed people, and that feeding is still
central to how we remember and become his body in the world
today. Poor women—in his day and our own—often depend
on male relatives for their livelihoods. Microfinance, growing
food more effectively and developing agricultural and market
cooperatives are important tools that help the poor increase
their ability to feed themselves and their children. That kind
of development also brings dignity, as women find agency and
become more effective partners in decision-making. Agency is an
image of God’s presence and action in the world.
Lent invites us to reflect on loving God and neighbor and to
examine our own actions and inactions. Prayer, study, fasting and
giving alms are traditional ways to observe this season—and all
are avenues to loving more fully—with heart, mind, strength and substance. How will I live and love differently this Lent? How will I become God’s agent and help others to do the same?
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
—The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori