In the Christian world, the Lenten Season which started during the Ash Wednesday ritual, is one of the best antidotes and shields against all man-made and nature-induced calamities/disasters.
The Christian of varying denominations, Catholics especially, took the Ash Wednesday ritual seriously as the start of the Lenten Season.
Devastated that we are financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually by this unseen, vicious covid-19 pandemic, we look at this Lenten season as part of self-denials on biological and material things this wired, wild world offers.
That is, on the biblical sayings that “man does not live by bread but every word of God for our salvation and everlasting life.
The more than two years of lockdowns, mobility and all the protocols—effective, rational or otherwise—had devastating effects on the good, the bad, and the ugly, so to speak.
Truly, God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son so that sins may be forgiven through the grace of salvation.
“Salvation is a free gift, and yet it is to be bought and sold. In the market of which divine mercy has the management, the precious pearl is represented as being bought without money and without price. In this market all may obtain the goods of heaven. The treasury of of the jewels of truth is open to all, (White, 2018).
“The gospel of Christ is a blessing that all may possess. The poorest as well as the richest to purchase salvation, for no amount of worldly wealth can secure. It is obtained by willing obedience, by giving ourselves to Christ as his own purchased possession, “she added.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save which was lost (Luke 19:10).
Henceforth, may all political acrobatic, circus, hatred and mudslinging be put aside at least during this Lenten season. Meantime, may all of us –law-abiding, God-fearing or otherwise focus on our spiritual life not only today but tomorrow and forever. Sana all.