Today I was thinking about the sacrifices that I hear people are making. No one ever talks about that and I wonder if these good people understand the seriousness of their commitment. What is the purpose, the event, that these rote offerings supposedly honor?
So I went to that great knowledge-base of the Internet, Wikipedia.
The word Lent also has no real connection to this point in time. This Western European root of the word for spring, most likely is of Celtic origin, not of the Greek, Latin or Hebrew spoken in that area. Obviously, lent has to be in the spring.
During Lent, many Christians commit to fasting,or giving up luxuries to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days. In this journey, Christ apparently fasted and was tempted by Satan. But there are other sacrifices of 40 mentioned in the writings.
Elijah spent 40 days and nights walking to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8)
God sent 40 days and nights of rain in the great flood of Noah (Genesis 7:4)
The Hebrew people wandered 40 years in the desert while traveling to the Promised Land (Numbers 14:33)
Jonah's prophecy of judgment gave 40 days to the city of Nineveh in which to repent or be destroyed (Jonah 3:4)
Did you truly follow your own path of enlightenment? Did you feel obligated to blindly follow a tradition because it’s what you have been told to do? At the end of this Lenten season, take some time to contemplate your choice of sacrifice. It may be you are doing the right things for the wrong reasons.
Every time I do a Tarot Reading, a door opens to the Divine. Allow me to guide you out of the tomb of conventional society so that you may Find Your Key to the Gateway Home