[and the Introduction to Holy Week]

Lent is a period of spiritual preparation for Easter. It starts 40 days before Easter Sunday. Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Lent today is a time of self-examination and reflection in preparation for the day of Jesus’s Resurrection.
Forty Days of Lent GraphicThe Lamb Of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus….said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!…"  John 1:29 NIV
Comment: The early Israelites sacrificed their first born, unblemished lambs as an offering to God in atonement for their sins. John (the Baptist), was pointing out to his followers that Jesus Christ was God’s perfect sacrifice, [the Lamb of God] to be a sacrifice for all people in atonement for our sins if we believe and follow Him. It is by having faith and asking forgiveness for our sins in Jesus’ name that God grants that which we ask for. Jesus was perfect in every way and, like a lamb that has done no wrong, He was innocent and His blood was shed for the sins of the world – this is the ‘Passion of Christ’ for we who are the creation of God.