"Go and proclaim the good news of the Gospel."
And with that, our priest made the sign of the cross in ashes on my forehead.
Meanwhile, in Detroit, the archbishop there asked his
followers to "Unleash the Gospel". He urged them to move from just
maintaining the status quo to spreading God's word.
They are lovely phrases, especially this time of year. But what does all of that look like, exactly?
I have one example from my own church.
I was chatting with an elderly man after mass. He told me that
during the week, he sat next to a young woman on a bench in town, and
invited her to come to church with him.
He was coming back to a mass later that day to meet her, and no doubt encourage her to do it again the following week.
When I asked him what made him take action, he turned and said "I just let the Lord work through me."
I then noticed he was holding three large jugs of water.
"Thirsty?", I questioned.
"No, this is holy water. I am taking it with me to bless those I come across."
"How long will that last, 6 months?", I asked curiously.
"Maybe until next week," he smiled, "If I'm lucky."
He is truly a modern day apostle, and is a wonderful inspiration for me (and hopefully you!) this Holy season.
A Blessed Lent to you and your families.