I am a little late in writing about Lent we are well into the Lenten Season now but I wanted to reflect on it a bit anyway. Lent is the 40 day season before Easter that the Christian Church spends in reflection on the sacrifices Jesus made for us. Sundays are not included in the 40 days because they are feast days and lent days are fast days. There are six Sundays during lent. The beginning of lent is marked by Ash Wednesday which is automatically 46 days prior to Easter. The Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) set the date of Easter as the Sunday following the paschal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the vernal (spring) equinox.
Knowing when lent is and what lent means are two different things. Lent means different things to different people but the common theme is usually the reflection of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and the reflection of the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness. Christians make sacrifices during lent to remember in a physical way the sacrifice that was made for them.
For years I have not given up anything for lent but I have added a bible study to my week. The giving up of the few hours I spend in study reminds me of what was given up for me. Friends of mine have made more physical sacrifices by giving up a hobby, or favorite food or drink such as coffee. All of these things are great as long as they serve us to remember , as they say at Christmas, that Jesus is the reason for the season.