Written by Josephine Minas
"Perhaps it is one of the signs of the times that we live in, a time filled with all sorts of demands on personal time and activities, or perhaps it is just the human condition, but for whatever reason we often seem to be unprepared when The Sowma Season approaches us. So we tend to brush it of and go on with our daily routine.
The season of Sowma which use to be one of the most important seasons in the lives of our ancestors has practically become distinct in the lives of so many today and a burden to others. This is the exact reason why the effect of the resurrection (Easter), which is the epic of our faith has depleted in our lives.
There is no sign of it as we go about our daily lives. So without preparation which includes reflection on our personal faith, cleansing, repentance and spiritual strengthening Easter becomes just another commercialized festival focused on chocolate Easter bunnies, colorful eggs, elaborate dinner invitations and just another day of fun.
We need a more fitting way to herald Christianity's primary feast - the Great Feast of Easter.
It is time to reclaim the season of Sowma. This year I urge you to decide to observe Sowma and not let it pass us by in a blur!
The season of Sowma is a very personal journey along a path of spiritual growth.
When we commit ourself to fasting, praying, reading of the word and actively participating in church services showing our desire to take on the life of Christ for the sake of the Gospel and in imitation of Christ's time of prayer in the desert.
Sowma should be a time of conversion, a chance to examine our lives through prayer, fasting, and charity, and to conform ourselves to the life of Christ.
The season is full of rich traditions and prayers which you can pull together into your own unique Lenten Devotions.
Cor_Bishop Father George Bet-Rasho