Ash Wednesday

Today, Ash Wednesday 2022, we begin the traditional forty-day journey (not counting Sundays) toward Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. We begin this journey with a time of prayer, fasting, repentance and acts of charity and love.

On this day, we mark our foreheads with dust or ash that signifies death, and in so doing we acknowledge that we die and return to the earth. At the same time, the dust traces the life-giving cross indelibly marked on our foreheads at baptism.

It is no secret that in the midst of a global pandemic death is all around us – everyone of us has been touched by death so I encourage you to make that sign now on your own foreheads and hear these words, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” (Eccl. 3:20)

Friends, all that is non-essential, all that is elaborate, is removed as a visible sign of our repentance – our return to the mercy and love of God. This marks the beginning of a penitential discipline which continues throughout this season of Lent.

May God grant you and those around you hope, peace and understanding during these 40 days. Amen
The Rev. Romeo Dabee
JFK Airport Community Minister/Chaplain