Perhaps the lesson is humility. Perhaps the lesson is merely to focus our temporal minds on our immortal souls lasting importance.
A question: how many posters celebrated this festival today? How many of you would profess to be Christians. It is an innocent question.
I have noticed that some posters seem hell bent (pardon the pun) on putting down Christianity. They would even to so far as to deny Jesus ever walked this Earth. A very arrogant claim considering the huge weight of historical and contemporary evidence to support His existence. But we all chose our own paths.
I am curious how many of those who would deny his existence were brought up by Christian parents in a Christian country? I would hazard a wild guess at most of them. But I bet again that most of them (pardon the use of the word them) didn't know the significance of Ash Wednesday. A very telling point!
In my experience those who would find cause and time to criticise Christianity are people who nurture a great ignorance of the religion while enthusiastically embracing ill conceived factitious stories that basically go a long the lines what all those religious people who have spent time studying their religion in an informed manner are wrong and this wild idea from this philosophical conjurer who is probably got as many good intentions as a paedophile on heat.
Forgive the rant.
Any thoughts recriminations or otherwise telling thoughts.