The day passed but I have not written any article about Ash Wednesday. For so many article that circling on the internet about Ash Wednesday, I would choose not to discuss what it’s all about but rather explain it in my own way. You can search on the internet what is all about Ash Wednesday. In a brief idea, Ash Wednesday is one of the Traditional rites of the church to prepare oneself for the so-called feast of the resurrection of Christ after he conquers the world by dying on the cross. I rather focus on the true spirit of the Lenten season, initiating from Ash Wednesday until the feast of Pascal Sunday.
As the church calls us to repent and come back to God that we may save, Jesus cannot save us if we don’t want to. For us to be saved we must want it. It could be difficult for Christ to save one soul if the soul refuses to be saved. Instead of coming back to the hand of loving God, if a man refuses to admit that God is everything, a soul can’t be saved. That’s why Jesus continuously call us to repent of our sins.
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19
From this bible verse, we could understand that every one of us is called in one purpose which is to repent and be converted. And from this, we can say that every human being has a vocation to be a holy man.
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you become fishers of men. Mark 1:17-20
In the matter of fact, Jesus addressed this to his disciples to become fishers of men, meaning be a disciple of Jesus and go preach to the nation but it doesn’t mean we should be a priest or bishops or something like having offices in the church. It is enough to be who we are. This call of Jesus to his disciple is valid to all to be a disciple of Christ. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 We could be holy as Jesus Christ call us to be holy. Because it is said that “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”. As we are created in the image of God, therefore, we should be perfect as God is perfect.