Lent isn’t about self-denial for its own sake. It’s the spiritual equivalent of the last snow before the arrival of spring. It’s a season of preparation. Lent is aimed at grasping the intense significance of the crucifixion – that gives us a deep and powerful longing for the resurrection, the joy of Easter. During Lent we fast; at Easter we feast. During Lent we contemplate; at Easter we celebrate.
(Please feel free to make use of this short film in church and nonprofit settings. If you do, leave a comment; I’d love to hear how you used it.)