An excellent reflection from our own Mother Jubi!
I just read someone’s musings on why people who don’t normally come to Church come on Ash Wednesday. One thing I think they missed is the importance of the physicality of it. Worshiping with our bodies can get us into a frame of mind (a sacred space?) that thinking alone can’t quite do. Can we love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind if we don’t love God with our bodies? Doesn’t genuflection look like a proposal? When we bow, kneel, cross ourselves… eat body and drink blood… and have ashes smeared on our foreheads – pay attention to the moment, the presence of God can be a visceral thing.