Jesus shows us the bright horizon of living with a heart of love, like His. Yet, his disciples were probably downcast after hearing the demanding call to go beyond the Ten Commandments.
The writing here stresses the forty-day period of reflection, penance and fasting before Easter Sunday. The word ‘Lent’ originated from the Latin word Quadragesima, meaning forty days. The season starts on Ash Wednesday. Marking the foreheads with ashes reminds us of the virtue of humility and the transient nature of life on Earth.