The liturgy is not simply worship but also catechesis. It instructs us not only through words, but more specifically through symbols, symbolic space and time, symbolic actions and narratives. Hence, it is very important that we see Lent not just as a liturgical season, but an attitude that ought to shape Christian life all through the year. The Latin liturgy for all the three cycles has the same readings for Ash Wednesday. In the first reading Prophet Joel announces God’s appeal to his people: “Come back to the Lord; let all fast and pray.” In the Gospel, Jesus tells us how we ought to go about alms-giving, praying and fasting.Login to read more
The author is professor emeritus, Indian Philosophy and Religions, Jnanadeep Vidyapeeth, Pune. He is now working on those questions that crop up during inter-religious and ecumenical dialogues.