The Great Lent is over, and we are almost finished with our journey of challenges, our journey towards a new life, and a new “us”, as we step into Holy Week. How important, challenging, valuable and life changing our experience was, how many "rules of Lent" we broke, or even how well we did, we must keep to ourselves. We must remain silent about our challenges during this season, and even accept with gratitude that "not Lenten food" which is being offered, because that food was made especially for us (not to challenge us but honor us). And believe me, that is not the only challenge you are going to face during Lent.
During Lent, it is not our responsibility to judge others by pointing out that we are fasting (hoping to encourage others to fast we may tempt someone, and that is not what we want to do). We fast for ourselves, to build our spiritual strength, purify our minds and hearts, and silence ourselves, so we will be able to listen and grow closer to our Lord and Savior. Our responsibility is to enrich someone by sharing God's word in actions...actions of kindness, support, empathy, compassion and love.
This is what our responsibility is. This is how we shall follow our Lord, and this is how we shall show others the path to the Kingdom of Heaven, not only during Lent and the Paschal season, but throughout our entire lives.
The Great Lent may be over but the Great Challenge is yet to come...
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Do not praise yourself at the things that you do, but keep silent for there you will earn the appreciation of God.
When the TEACHER was born, educated rabbis did not come to His side, but uneducated shepherds. When the KING was born, royalty did not visit Him, but magi. When the HOUSEHOLDER was born, He was not placed in a home, but a stable. When the LORD was born, lords did not come to bow before Him, but servants. When GOD was born, He was not wrapped in clouds, but swaddling clothes.