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The Christian Season of Lent
 

Christians, all over the world, celebrate the spiritual Season of Lent from Ash-Wednesday to Palm Sunday – a time-for repentance and spiritual renewal of one’s life as a preparation for the celebration of the Holy Week – the week during which Jesus was crucified, but on the third day he rose again from death.

The season of Lent starts with Ash-Wednesday, when Christians mark their fore-heads with ash, as a reminder to themselves, that they too are dust, “Remember that you are dust and unto durst you shall return”. The message for everyone is “return to God” This year the Ash-Wednesday began on the 13th of February and will end on Palm-Sunday, the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time; this year it is on 24th of March.

The Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, during which memorial celebrations of Jesus’ sufferings, death and His resurrection are remembered in a prayerful spirit. This year Good Friday, the day of Jesus sacrificial death is celebrated on 29th of March and his rising from the dead (Easter) is celebrated on 31st of March. The celebrations are typically spiritual.

Jesus offered His life as a sacrifice to God to atone for the sins of humanity against God and itself. He said, “This is my commandment. Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man has, that he lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15/12-14) Again he said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”(John 10/11)

It is good for all of us recognize and to correct our faults and renew our lives as the loving and obedient children of God. Let this be the Spring Season of our lives.

- Fr. Varghese N. SVD,                                                                                                                                                                                           ( Director, “Divya Deepti” )

 

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