Our neglect of human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, we confess to you. Have mercy on us, O God.
Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to share the faith that is in us, we confess to you. Have mercy on us, O God.
Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people, we confess to you. Have mercy on us, O God.
Our past unfaithfulness, the pride, envy, hypocrisy, and apathy that have infected our lives, we confess to you. Have mercy on us, O God.
Paul urges us, “Be reconciled to God!” (2 Cor. 5:20) This is not a requirement of faith or a means of earning God’s love. It is a call to be what we already are, to act out of our status as God’s “Ministers of Reconciliation” which has been granted through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Answering this call is precisely why we remember St. Valentine. He was a martyr who gave his life to follow Jesus. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of a time of renewal and repentance as we acknowledge the first truth of being “reconciled to God.” We are not God and we shall die. This is very good news…