Events had given a clear lesson: that we should be faithful in friendship, and not abandon someone in troubles and afflictions. Only in times of troubles can we truly discern dignity, friendship, and love. These great human bonds are illuminated by this Gospel event.
The time of Great Lent is becoming shorter for Christians day by day. Day follows day, bringing us ever closer to the festive weeks of Christ’s Resurrection. The joy of anticipation kindles our feelings, while at the same time, sadness engulfs our soul as the conscience informs the heart that we have not spent the time of the fast as befits a true Christian.