Day by Day Through Lent: Day Forty!
"Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, where he fasted for forty days and was tempted by Satan..."
That was how we began, forty days ago, hearing the familiar story of Jesus in the desert. His fast was, of course, the model for our own time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, and now we have reached the end of Lent. (Or we will, at sunset today!) Of course, reaching the end of Lent means the beginning of something else: the Holy Three Days (Triduum, in Latin). The Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins a three-day period of prayer and reflection. “Days” are figured somewhat differently in the Church calendar. A day comprises the time form sunset to sunset: Thursday evening to Friday evening, Friday evening to Saturday evening, and Saturday evening to Sunday evening. It is called the “Paschal fast”, meaning that it is not a time for celebration but a time of quiet anticipation and preparation for Easter. Click on the Last Supper image below to see a brief reflection on the end of Lent and the Three Days we are about to begin!