Cross outside the SSJE Guesthouse, Cambrige, MA

Brother David Vryhof, a member of the monastic order called The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE), has written a far better homily for today, Ash Wednesday, than anything I’ve ever written.  I love how he digs into the traditional gospel text, from Matthew 6, and presents the cross of ash not as a sign of piety (thus dispensing with all the tired arguments for and against wearing ashes on our foreheads in public) but as a sign of profound need.  

Brother David’s Ash Wednesday sermon can be found here.

May you have a blessed and holy Lent.  MP+