Lent is a season of preparation, a great fast for an even greater feast. It begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Easter Sunday. Since being popularized in the fourth century, the season has been associated with practices of repentance, fasting and giving. Christians typically observe Lent by ‘giving things up’ and ‘giving things to’ those in need. It is a way to make ourselves ready for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, tapping into our spiritual hunger in order to more deeply savor the coming feast.
“Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty, not because God is mean or fault- finding or finger-pointing but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he now has in store.” N.T. Wright