February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday

It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”      Mark 14:1-2


The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings a new Light into the world and into our lives. It is a light that reveals the face of the God who is gracious and forgiving; the God who is present with us at all times and in all places; the God who rejoices with us in the goodness of our lives; the God who suffers with us in our brokenness and struggles; the God who offers a way of living that brings real life and the power to become the persons God created us to be; and the God who offers us life now and a new life beyond the door of death. It is a light that shines in the darkness of our lives and gives us hope.

The Light that has come into the world and into our lives also reveals the shadows. Like a lamp in a room that brings light, the light casts shadows wherever that light cannot reach. It is not the intent of the Light to cast shadows, but there are shadows wherever we block the light. And we all block the light in areas of our lives where we are unwilling to turn to the life that Christ is calling us to live, especially when it means we will have to surrender our lives more completely to God.

Like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day who are looking for a way to arrest and kill Jesus, we, too, look for ways to block the light and to hold onto our power and our less Godly ways of living, choosing to live in the shadows rather than in the fullness of Light.


May God grant us the desire and the ability to surrender our lives completely so that the light of Christ may shine in us and through us, removing every shadow, and setting us on the path of the life that is truly life. Amen.


The Rev. W. Frank Allen

Saint David’s (Radnor) Church


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