Ash Wednesday in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent. The name is derived from the ancient practice of smudging the forehead with ashes as a sign of sorrow and recognition of human mortality. The period of Lent for the faithful has often includes fasting, the temporary denial of certain pleasures, and the dedication of time for reading scripture and prayer.
I want to suggest a reflective activity for Ash Wednesday as the starting point for your 2014 Lenten journey. It may be meaningful to reflect on the different actions and positions of the people associated with Jesus during the last days of his life. I divide them into four groups. Continue reading