Hello April! Did anyone get April fooled last week? I hate April Fools’ Day cos I’m always that one person who believes all the fake news and falls for all the pranks. But I love April; it’s the month of spring and flower buds and cherry blossoms (like seriously, so many of my friends are in Japan right now to see the beautiful Sakura trees and I’m super jealous). It’s also the month of Easter and new beginnings. Yep, this year Easter falls on the third Sunday of April.
There are two big celebrations in the Catholic calendar: Christmas and Easter. As most might know, Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and how He saved us all from sin through His crucifixion. Before we celebrate His rising from the dead though, we Catholics go through a period of Lent.
Lent lasts for 40 days, starting with Ash Wednesday, and during these 40 days we ‘give up’ something – it can be smoking, or alcohol, or meat, or anything else that we usually enjoy or indulge in. We do this to commemorate Jesus’ 40 days of fasting with no food or water in the desert. When I was younger, I used to give up sweets and chocolates and fizzy drinks during lent, as I got older I gave up social media and fasted on Fridays. This year I decided to give up shopping. You might have known from one of my old articles that I’m a big time shopaholic, so this is the perfect challenge for me. Can I go six weeks without retail therapy when I usually shop once every two weeks or even once a week?
I’m not gonna lie, it’s been tough, and there were times when I’m at the mall where my resolve wavered. But just as Jesus was tempted by Satan during His fast, I just have to push through it and fight against the urges. There’s still one week of Lent left, but I’m positive I won’t fall off the (no-shopping) wagon. On the upside, it’s done wonders for my purse! These past few weeks have taught me self-control and how that must-have outfit is not a must-have after all. We are instead encouraged to give the money we’d otherwise spend on clothes or other luxury items to those who are less fortunate than us. In any case, Lent is a time for humble self-reflection and confession before we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and the new beginning He gives us.
Happy Easter to all my readers, may it be full of joy, peace, and blessings! *^_^*
Dying, You destroyed our death
Rising, You restored our lives
Lord Jesus, come in glory.