It’s funny what you remember from your childhood. It seems strange that anyone would enjoy Lent. But, as a child, I loved the food which we ate during that time. Especially the Capirotada (I'll explain in another post).
The other thing I enjoyed, was that on Ash Wednesday, we got ashes on our forehead. I couldn’t wait to have them put ashes on my forehead so that I could see them in the mirror!
Kind of nutty, huh?
Adam and Eve
I also remember what my Grandma told me the first time I got ashes. I remember that the man said, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, from the dust you came to the dust you shall return”.
So, I asked everyone, “what does that mean?” My Grandma was the only one who could answer me. She, of course, told me about Adam and Eve. How God made them from the dust of the earth. Therefore, we are all from the dust and when we die, we will be buried and return to the dust.
I enjoyed hearing those words and pondering that mystery.
Everyone wants ashes
It turns out, that I wasn’t the only one who liked getting ashes. Millions of people like them. Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of obligation. But I guarantee you that people from all walks of life, even non-Catholics who would normally never set foot in a Catholic Church, will come to get their forehead smeared with ashes.
Ash Wednesday, is one of those teachable moments.
So, look for an opportunity. Read up on Ash Wednesday and find out what the ashes mean. So, if a kid asks you, “What does that mean?” You’ll be able to respond:
1 Peter 3:15 … Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,