Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Lent is a season of penitence, fasting, and discipline that is intended to remind us of our need for God. Hence the tradition of “giving something up” (fasting). The things we give up are intended to remind us that we ultimately rely on God more than anything else. Also, going without them helps us look ahead to and anticipate the joy of Easter, when we will not only receive those things back, but new life in Christ too.
If you’re looking to go deeper into this sermon series, I’ve adapted parts of it from Alexander Schmemann’s book Great Lent, which I’ve found to be a helpful resource on understanding and journeying through the Christian season of Lent.