While Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, Good Friday is the high point of the season.
Within the Lenten Season, we acknowledge in a special way that we are sinners and it is because of our sins that our Lord Jesus Christ came and died.
Joel 2:12-18 for example calls for deep and sincere expressions of remorse and repentance over our sins. These expressions if include fasting, crying and putting on mourning clothes, then they cannot possibly exclude EATING OF MEAT. Do you know why?
Meat is a sign of merriment/enjoyment. How then can we possibly say that we are remorseful of our sins and at the same time MARRYING/ENJOYING? Can’t you see that the two are contradictory and capable of causing SCANDAL (i.e, making others think that we are joking).
This explains why St. Paul warns thus: “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall” (Cf. Rom 14:21).
Still wishing you a fruitful Lenten journey!
– Rev. Fr. David Okolie