Throughout these readings, God is portrayed as a peaceful savior of his people. Not once does he attack anyone or force anything.
So it is that time year again, Lent. For the longest time I dreaded this time of year because I had to eat the gross fish for school lunch every Friday. I did not look deeper into the faith behind why I gave certain things up, whether that be meat or my own personal offerings.
Lent… It’s a time of preparation. It’s a time of waiting. In the book of Exodus, the Israelites were complaining to Moses saying “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?” It was at this point after years of trusting Moses, which they finally questioned what they were looking for. What was this piece of land?
Lent is a time that offers us an opportunity to come to terms with our human condition and open the doors of our heart wider to understand our Lord a little bit deeper. For Lent we all decide what we are going to give up or what we are going to do, but in my opinion Lent is more like Advent where we prepare for Jesus’s coming.
During Lent, it is important to remember that God is always with us, through the good times and bad times. Lent is all about the forgiveness and cleansing of our sins and is the perfect time to do this. During Ash Wednesday we received ashes in the shape of a cross on our forehead and heard the words “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return”. This is very meaningful to me because it is a reminder that God has forgiven me and is always with me through this time of Lent and throughout the rest of the year as well.
On this day of Lent I am looking for another fresh start as I always do on Monday. Lent is a fresh start people look to when they try and give something up. For this season of Lent I am doing something different, instead of letting myself decide I am letting the Holy Spirit decide what I should give up. I encourage you to do this as well, as it is very rewarding and meaningful. I hope you all have a fulfilling Lent this and every year forwards!