The Meaning of Lent
There is something strongly compelling about the season of Lent. It is a time when collectively we all try to open ourselves a little more to putting God back at the centre of our lives.
Something about the fact that we all are on this journey creates a space which perhaps makes it a little easier to go deeper.
Most of us have memories from childhood days. The solemn ritual of receiving the ashes, the deep purple vestments of Mass. I vividly remember giving up chocolate for Lent.
But while the outward symbols and resolutions help us to focus, it is what happens on the inside that is really important. Like a clothes closet that hasn’t been cleansed for a while, our lives accumulate clutter. Things which take up space but which are not useful or helpful. Lent is a time for taking stock and seeing anew what is truly important.