THE LENGTHENING DAYS OF LENT
Isn’t it wonderful how our late afternoons are getting brighter and more sun these days? It may be too soon to say there may be a hint of spring in the air. Spiritually, one of the telltale signs of spring’s arrival is that Lent is just about to begin. The word, lent is derived from a German word meaning spring.
As nature awakens from the death of winter, so Christians seek to strengthen our faith. God’s love for us in Christ enables self-examination to see ourselves honestly. Lent begins the day after Fat Tuesday, customarily a day of merriment, feasting and a final fling. At the stroke of midnight on Ash Wednesday, the sober arrival and Lent begins.
During the forty days of Lent, God’s baptized people cleanse their hearts through fasting. Repentance and prayer. Lent is the time of reflection about your life with God. The Church’s worship assumes a more self-examining character. The altar color of the Church season is purple, a color often associated with penitence. If you’re struggling under stress of not ever being good enough, holy enough, or righteous enough, God is with you and cares for you. So, if you practice the tradition of self-sacrifice and giving up
something for Lent, that tradition is supposed to connect you with Jesus, who gave up everything to save us. Every person who gives up something for Lent who engages in service to others or shows God’s love in a special way, that also connects us with the self sacrificial love of God, shown in sending His only Son to save us. The season of Lent serves not only as a time to meditate on the suffering that Christ endured on our behalf but also as an opportunity to reflect upon our own Baptism. It is a time in which we
pray that we may be given the fullness of grace that belongs to the children of God.
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