Just like the season of Advent, which is a time of expectation and a prelude for the Nativity, Lent is a prelude to Resurrection with one major difference. It is a penitential season which means a time for personal reflection and self-examination. We are urged to take a critical look at ourselves and at the same time our relationship to the society around us. The season of Lent is important primarily because it points beyond itself (like Advent). We are challenged to look toward the hope of resurrection. Although we like bunnies and spring flowers, Easter and its message of new life can go on even without both of them.