Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for Ash Wednesday

March 2, 2022
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Joel 2:12-18
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14, 17
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

“Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly.” These words of the prophet Joel, call for us each and all to stop.  The trumpet is not unlike an alarm that prompts us to be aware and not to panic. We hear this trumpet on Ash Wednesday to return to the Lord who never leaves us, but who we too frequently leave from our attentiveness.

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