In the gospel, ashes are not a death, but a dare.
One cannot define spiritual friendship. One must experience it.
What, exactly, is the Spirit here to do? To help us cope with this crazy life? Or, help us live to prevent life from becoming crazy?
“If you are searching for God, then you have found him.” -Blaise Pascal
There was a day, long ago, when the taste of dying flesh was insufficiently gratifying to a Middle Eastern tomb.
Jesus reinterpreted the glorious past of God’s people in light of grace and in hope of glory.