episode 3.11 in which our hosts discuss dust & ashes

Episode 3.11

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Liturgical Seasons


  • Why is this the “entry point”/transition in to Lent?

  • Divinity gazing at humanity gazing at divinity (Mutual gaze of humanity and divinity)

  • Was Peter an idiot? OR a genius?

Ash Wednesday

  • Why ashes? Why the forehead? Why is it an “imposition of ashes”? Who does it?

  • What is said?

  • Focused on sin or focused on humility and mortality?


  • Many associations, which to focus on?

  • 40-days in the wilderness or 40-years in the exodus?

  • Fasting as refraining from, or clearing time and appetite to be able to engage with?

Lectionary Passages/Themes

Transfiguration Sunday - March 3, 2019

Exodus 34:29-35 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

Ash Wednesday - March 6, 2019

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 51:1-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

First Sunday in Lent - March 10, 2019

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Romans 10:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13

Second Sunday in Lent - March 17, 2019

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Psalm 27 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 or Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

Third Sunday in Lent - March 24, 2019

Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9

Resources for Ash Wednesday and Transfiguration


The Transfiguration (13th c. Byzantine Gospel book, unknown artist)


Luke 9:28-34 (Spiritual Paintings of Chris Cook, a Southern Artist)


Resistance Prays


“TeenVogue reports the Resistance Prays is "on a mission to reclaim religion from political conservatives who so often use it as a cover for their restrictive laws... Each installment includes news of the day, related scripture, interpretation, prayer, and an action item."

Prayer and Politiks


What is “Politiks”? We know about prayer, right? But politiks?

The term is excerpted from the German word Realpolitik, coined in the nineteenth century to refer to the merging of enlightened political ideals with pragmatic realities. Real: realistic, based on actual history and material facts. Politik: politics.


AOC, It’s time to pay serious attention to TikTok


Users today are engaged in the culture wars on Twitter (ban the Nazis! protect free speech!), while YouTubers are gaming the algorithm with hateful, exploitive, dangerous and otherwise questionable content that freaks out advertisers. And Facebook is, well, contributing to war crimes and the toppling of democracy….Meanwhile, TikTok often presents an alternative version of online sharing. Simple, goofy, irreverent — and frankly, it’s a much needed reset.

If You're Often Angry Or Irritable, You May Be Depressed


“Many people — including physicians — associate depression with feelings of hopelessness, sadness and a lack of motivation or concentration, but not anger. Some researchers say that's a problem, given that there appears to be a strong link between irritability and depression.”


Transfiguration: A Meditation on Transforming Ourselves and Our World, by John Dear   

Spiritual leader and peace activist John Dear guides readers on the path to finding peace within, and bringing harmony to a world torn by hatred and violence, through following in the footsteps of Jesus. John Dear’s efforts on behalf of social justice and world peace have won him international admiration and spurred features in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered, USA TODAY, and the National Catholic Reporter. Seen by many to be the spiritual heir to the Berrigan brothers, Dear believes that the key to the spiritual life is not just finding inner peace, but also bringing that peace to bear on the outside world. In this work, Dear uses the Gospel account of the Transfiguration, inviting readers to shape their lives along the story of Jesus and to continue his mission of love and peace.

Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo at Amazon


  Pray to God!: A Book about Prayer, written by Kristen McCurry & illustrated by Jennifer Hilton

  Pete the Cat: Snow Daze, by James Dean


As a theme for Ash Wednesday, often introspection, repentance, or mortality are often highlighted. Yet another theme is humility. Recognizing we are made of dust and ash. What are some movies about humility or gentle strength.



Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.

The Way


"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life".

To Kill a Mockingbird - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/characters/nm0676349?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t6

Humble Scout and Atticus Finch seek to save Boo Radley and Tom Robinson

Forrest Gump - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/?ref_=ttls_li_tt

Watching history unfold from the active influence and perspective of a man with an IQ of 75.

Music (check the podcast playlist at Spotify: ATHBCP: Lent)

Sufjan Stevens, The Transfiguration


Gerard Ray, Hazy Shade of Winter


The Brilliance,  Dust we are and shall return