At the beginning of Lent, we focus on…our death?! Jeff Ryan Miraflor, SJ, and Eric Immel, SJ, reflect on death, Lent, and the greater meaning of life.
Jeff: Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return
Eric: Wait. I’m going to die? AAAAHHHHHHHHHH!
Jeff: Hi – I’m Jeff Ryan Miraflor
Eric: And I’m Eric Immel,
Jeff: and this is our One-Minute Reflection.
Eric: …and I’m going to die.
Jeff: There’s no escaping the fact that we’re all going to die, and while spreading ashes across our forehead can feel like a novelty, we can’t forget what they represent: DEATH.
Eric: These ashes on my forehead are a reminder that I have been marked as a follower of Jesus, and that my time here in this life is directed toward something greater and eternal. So, if I’m only living for myself in this moment, I’m missing the point entirely.
Jeff: In the end, we’re going to meet the living God face to face, and what is God going to focus on? How we lived our lives for God and for others.
Eric: So today – instead of worrying about how your ashes look or whether you mistakenly eat meat or even get wrapped up in thinking about death, let’s begin this Lenten season by remembering that only in God, can we truly live.