As you may or may not know, Lent is a time for: prayer, fasting and almsgiving, where we reflect and turn over a new leaf. Many of us give up things we enjoy doing or food that we like, but do we truly understand why we are doing it? This year I gave up biscuits, and, I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy, but I learnt something very important. To not take for granted what I have, when others in poorer countries are suffering from poverty and homelessness. We say sorry and reflect on the things we take for granted during Lent, and we think more about others than ourselves. As a school, we have done a lot of fundraising and sharing what we have with others. During Lent, we think about almsgiving and helping others. In the scripture Matthew 25:31-46 it says: ” In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.” God tells us that when we help others we are helping him and we will go on to have eternal life.
As well as the good things we do during Lent, we also sin. We may not always want to admit it, but the truth is, we are only human and we all make mistakes. But, the good thing is, Lent gives us the perfect opportunity to reconcile those sins and be forgiven by God. We may not realise it, but, Lent links perfectly to Baptism. At baptism we are cleansed of our sins and we are welcomed into Gods family. Baptism is the key to understanding Lent as it is described as the sacrament of new life. As I have said before, Lent is the time to reconcile our sins and become pure for the resurrection (Easter Sunday). Jesus died on the cross for us and during lent we think about letting our selfishness and sin die, ready for Easter. Jesus also rose again for us so we think about rising with Jesus to turn over a new leaf and live a new life. In John 12:24-25 it says ” I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains.” What this basically means, is sometimes you have to die to live. Jesus had to die, so we could live and have eternal life.