Going into a reflection of one’s relationship with God is approaching Lent from a proper prospective. It’s basically time for sacrifice doing away temporarily to easy pleasures and instant gratification or permanently giving up bad vices. Doing the sacrifice is one way of recognizing the suffering of Jesus Christ who became man, suffered and died on the cross to save a sinful world. It’s basically fasting and prayer and spiritual discipline and intentional inconvenience. The fasting is used to remind Christians of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and being tempted by Satan. These are two simple but appropriate to do during Lent which is only for a short season. Eating less is a simple sacrifice so with prayer which one normally does in his/her everyday life. It’s serenity since people in respect to the Savior should mourn his death.
But in recent generation, this traditional Lenten must-to-do practice seemingly faded and replaced with holy days getaways, outdoor and indoor parties. These are actually not prohibited for as long as people who do these find time to go on a spiritual discipline like talking to God, find time to know and learn his sufferings from the Bible, Lenten television stories or films. Find time, to go to confession and repent. It’s spending more time in prayer to draw nearer to God. With the long holidays, in the middle of leisureliness, God should always be at the center.
On Sunday, Jesus Christ resurrects and meets Mother Mary traditionally called Salubong. This is the very day that people should rejoice for the savior of us sinners is raised from the dead proving his Godliness. For those who seriously went into reflection and reformation, hopefully this is the day, they are reborn, transformed and facing a new life bursting with positive feelings. Lent is remarkably brief, hence, so short a sacrifice.