08 Re-Visioning the Season of Lent - Ian Pinto SDB

posted Mar 6, 2019, 9:03 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 9:03 AM ]
The Season of Lent usually coincides with school and university examinations. Just like examinations, Lent also demands preparation. Every child knows that if they really want to enjoy their vacations, they have got to put in the effort to answer their exams well. Similarly, Christians are reminded, year after year, that if God's Easter promise is to make sense and be fulfilled, then they have to buckle up and put themselves through the grind of preparation, sacrifice and hard work. This is essentially what Lent is all about: taking stock of one's life, seeing where one stands vis-à-vis God and His Will, effecting life-enhancing change and working towards establishing the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Here are three 'revisions' that Lent requires each one to make:

Revision of Identity

The first challenge Lent puts before us is to get back to our roots and critically examine our lives. This is one of the most fundamental characteristics of the season. Lent is incomplete without a critical self-examination. This is the part where one is required to take stock, and see where one stands vis-à-vis God and His plan. The first important thing to realise is that we are all children of a loving God. Our God is not a tyrant. He is a loving parent who cares for us, and wants to see us bloom and flourish.