Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday was not a Holy Day of Obligation, as all Sundays are.
For my part, I spoke briefly about the need for purification and cleansing during this sacred season, which the ancients referred to as a sacramentum. We enter into mystery during Lent. We prepare to go into the tomb with the Lord. We have to be ready to suffer and embrace the Cross when we say “No!” to our appetites and our passions, whether disordered or not. In the self-denial we suffer. We have to be aware of this fact and be disciplined about it. First we fast, then we feast. The mystery of Lent brings us to experience, in a season, the pattern of our lives. Passion… resurrection.
As a side note, last night we had a Sung Mass in the older, traditional form of the Roman Rite. This was at a church in a parish of three merged churches. It was the only evening Ash Wednesday Mass for the parish. Thus, some of the people from – let’s just say the rather more modernist nearby town – had a taste of “something old and something new”. Furthermore, the CCD class from the rather more modernist parish was there. It’ll be interesting to have some feedback about their experience.