Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Lenten Season 2011; Get Ready for Self examination and Purification

The Season of Lent for 2011 is approaching. For Syrian Christians of the East it starts on the 7th of March (Monday) and for most other global Christian communities this year,s Lent starts on March 9th that is on the Ash Wednesday.

The season of Lent gives us an opportunity to make self examination of the condition of our spiritual life and soul. On Ash Wednesday, ash is applied on the foreheads of the devotees by the Priest saying, "Man, you are dust and unto dust you shall return".

When we are busy with material satisfaction and worldly affairs, most of us do not dare to think when we shall return to the soil. We all know that human life on this earth has no guarantee at all..! But we seldom care to bother on what path is our life traveling. (I am not at all sure that I will be alive tomorrow to post another topic on this blog or you shall be alive to read it.) I am not writing this to scare anyone, but to remind the followers of Lord Jesus Christ, that every Christian should be ready to go to his/her heavenly abode which is permanent and for which we are called. It is high time for today's Christian to ask oneself 'whether we are fit to be called Christians'...?

So let us not just tolerate this Lenten season but celebrate it with joy nor endure it with a sigh but enjoy it as it is a golden opportunity granted by the Lord to check our relationship with HIM and increase in our Spiritual lives...!

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