Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014



During this season of Lent, we'll be sending out to you various resources for prayer, study and action. Below, you'll find a reflection for today, Ash Wednesday, by Kathy Schmitt. Kathy is one of the co-authors (along with Rev. Chris Ponnet and Tom Cordaro) of Embracing Possibilities: Reflections for Lent 2014, Pax Christi USA's Lenten booklet which is available for purchase by download on the PCUSA website. 


We have also set up a page for Lent 2014 on the site where we will archive reflections throughout the season and organize additional resources for individuals and groups, including prayers, prayer services, action opportunities, and information on undertaking a Way of the Cross event for Good Friday. You can find the page by clicking here. More resources will be posted in the days to follow. 




By Kathy Schmitt


Joel 2:12-18 | 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 | Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18


We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)


As we embark on the journey of Lent, we hear Paul's stirring declaration: we are ambassadors for Christ, and our mission is to reconcile the world to God. We have a lot of work to do, for the world is full of sin, evil, and injustice. Providentially, it is also full of grace. But before we speak to others about these things, perhaps we should examine our own hearts for signs of sin, evil, and injustice, as well as for evidence of God's healing grace. Do our own lives conform to the high standards of the gospel? ....


To read the entire reflection, click here.

In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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