by Filipe Domingues
The liturgy of Ash Wednesday was celebrated at The Lay Centre in an environment of friendship, prayer and personal reflection.
Every year, on Ash Wednesday, The Lay Centre invites the resident community to mark the beginning of Lent with a meditation on a specific topic.
Fr. Felix Körner, SJ, presided at Mass and gave students a reflection on how to apply to their own lives the homily Pope Francis delivered to the new cardinals during the recent consistory.
“Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean,” a leper told Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.
Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said: “I do choose. Be made clean!”
The Holy Father explained that “compassion leads Jesus to concrete action: he reinstates the marginalized! These are the three key concepts that the Church proposes in today’s liturgy of the word: the compassion of Jesus in the face of marginalization and his desire to reinstate.”
Pope Francis believes the way Jesus thinks should be also the way of the Church, said Fr. Körner.
“Not only to welcome and to reinstate with evangelical courage all those who knock at our door, but to go out and seek, fearlessly and without prejudice, those who are distant, freely sharing what we ourselves freely received.”