Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness fasting. He spent one day for each year that the people of Israel spent wandering in the wilderness. Because Jesus spent 40 days of fasting while being tempted by the devil, the Church has, for centuries, observed 40 days of Lent prior to the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Lent is a time to go into our own wilderness with Christ, a time to resist the temptations, and a time to rise with Christ at the end of the 40 days of Lent. Lent is a time to discover who we are, who we really are.
Lent is the season where we leave behind anything that gives perceived security. Like the character Linus in Charlie Brown, the season of Lent challenges us to drop our blankets. If you will surrender your security blanket, it could be that at the end of these 40 days you have an answer to the question, “Who am I?”
Who am I? The journey of Lent tells us we are clay mud formed and fashioned into the image of God. Or as the Apostle Paul says, “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).
We are jars of clay. We are imperfect. At times overly sensitive. On occasion emotionally delicate. And sometimes easily broken. And yet, with the Spirit of Christ living in us, we are fragile containers possessing an eternal Presence.