Lent is a season of self-examination and spiritual renewal lasting 40 weekdays and 6 Sundays and culminating in Holy Week. This practice is derived from the biblical narrative of the people of Israel being tested in the wilderness for 40 years, as well as from Jesus’ 40 day wilderness fast. For us too, it is a spiritual journey, and its destination is Easter, “the Feast of feasts.” The darkness of Lent allows the flame of the Holy Spirit to burn within our hearts until we are led to the mysterious and radiant brilliance of the resurrection. Therefore, the mood of Lent is “bright sadness,” and its aim is the remembrance of Christ and his sufferings on our behalf. Lenten Sermon Series: 5 First Words, a look at the first five Ten Commandments.