Ash Wednesday on Campus

Wednesday, February 13, was Ash Wednesday. For the second year in a row, students, faculty, and staff at AASU were invited to the observance of a Holy Lent through the offering of ashes on campus. Episcopal Campus Ministry was there to impose ashes, and more than 70 students stopped by for ashes, prayers, and to mark the beginning of Lent.

We are blessed to be observing Lent with you, and we look forward to celebrating the Resurrection of Christ with you as well.

Blessings on your Lenten journey,

The Episcopirates

Ash Wednesday

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Photo by Samm Robinson

 

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

 

Monday, October 22

We had a “normal” meeting for the first time in weeks today. Conversations focused on assignments, shows, and exams in addition to our plans for the not so distant future. As is our custom, we began the Noonday Office at 12:30, and continued to read from the Gospel of Mark.

This week we read the calling of the disciples (Mk 13:3-19), Jesus’ parable of the house divided / binding the strong man (3:21-30), and the Jesus’ restructuring of the human family (3:31-35). Our insights were:

Sons of Thunder = an awesome name

When Jesus talked about Beelzebul & Satan, was he speaking literally or metaphorically? How much weight did these characters have in society?

Satan as a stand in for things that rebel against God allows us to think about those things in modern terms: consumerism, Empire, greed, and anything else that tells us we belong to something other than God. In that sense, the worst parts of any age are attempting to plunder from God’s treasure – creation.

Finally, we noted that Jesus fundamentally breaks down the human family in his statement about mothers/brothers/sisters. The family unit, the most exclusive community, ended up with an invitation to inclusivity and permeable boundaries. Still, we had to ask ourselves how this might make people in the crowd feel. For instance, did Mary suddenly feel out of place? Were those with conservative family values now fundamentally opposed to listening to the preaching of Jesus? Particularly insightful was the imagining that in the crowd there were probably the elderly and the orphan, two groups who had possibly lost all their biological families; Jesus’ words indicating that they belonged anyway. We ended our Bible study with this grace-filled wondering.

 

September 24, 2012

We took a break from our normal pattern this past Monday. As per usual, we began by checking in with each other, but found enough material to engage within that conversation that we talked through the hour. Next week we will begin again with Mark, chapter 2, and continue our pattern of saying the Noonday Office together. Weather permitting, we’ll do all of this outside, on the beautiful campus of Armstrong.

 

 

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