As the early church developed its liturgical calendar, the 40 days (excluding Sundays) preceding Easter, known as “Lent”, became a time to fast in preparation for Easter. Self-denial, particularly of food, fosters self-examination and repentance. It is reminiscent of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the beginning of his public ministry. Why did Jesus fast? Jesus fasted to identify with us. And so we fast to identify with him in his sufferings. Fasting reminds us of the depths of our longing and the depths of Christ’s love.
Will you join us this easter season? In the Sundays leading up to Easter we will be looking at the Psalms, particularly the passages on the suffering of Christ as we contemplate the meaning and measure of Jesus’ suffering.