Lent. What does this word mean to the Christian world?
The season of Lent is a 40-day period preceding Easter (not counting Sundays). The number 40 has significance because it was the number of years the Israelites wandered in the desert after their departure from Egypt, and it represents the number of days Jesus was tempted in the wilderness following his baptism. <!–split–>
The liturgical color for Lent is purple; a symbol of passion and repentance, as well as royalty. We are reminded to prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of the king of glory, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We read in John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus came as the light of the world, but the world resisted his illumination. We read in John 3:19-20, “Light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.”
Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent season and a time of personal reflection with our celebration of Ash Wednesday. As we move through this Lenten season, let us ponder whether our lives are bringing darkness or light into this world.
See you Sunday if not before.