The first reading for Ash Wednesday has a vivid image. Rend your hearts, not your garments.
And in the Gospel, Jesus warns us not to do good things in order to be seen doing good things. The focus of Ash Wednesday? It’s all about what’s going on inside.
One of the things that makes Ash Wednesday different from every other Wednesday is the ashes. On your head, in the form of a cross. It’s a powerful outward sign.
One that can seem in conflict with the focus of the readings on what’s going on inside.
But it really isn’t. Because what we do with our bodies impacts our souls.
That’s the “why” behind the ashes. To help us get started on the inside. By giving us a push on the outside.
And I could use the push.