The season of Lent begins with the memory of finitude and mortality, the symbolism of dust. On Ash Wednesday, Christians are marked with the sign of the mark of dust. Looking foolish, with ashes on our foreheads, we confront our own mortality in the midst of a culture which tries to deny death’s reality. The mark of dust identifies us as foolish. Yet the sight is also of the cross of the crucified and risen Christ, the highest wisdom of all. And so that mark speaks of His Kingdom of Glory!
Kenneth Leech from We Preach Christ Crucified.
Teaching from Luther’s Small Catechism: