UPDATE: My Ash Wednesday sermon.
“Remember, from dust you came, to dust you will return.”
When you leave here, how long do you keep the ashes on your forehead? Are they gone, washed off with a damp Kleenex as soon as you reach your car? Maybe there’s no milk in the fridge and you have to stop at the Superstore on the way home. The last thing you need is for some well-meaning, but uninitiated cashier whisper earnestly, “Um, excuse me, but you have a little smudge on your forehead.”
How do you answer him? Do you say, “I just came from church, this is what we do on Ash Wednesday.”?
Or do you say, “This isn’t dirt. This is...(whole thing here)