Lent is a preparation, a spiritually-disciplined journey, a purposeful reflection on Jesus Christ.
“When you see the abomination that causes desolation standing where it should not” (let the reader understand), “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! A man on the housetop must not come down or go in to get anything out of his house. And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! Pray it won’t happen in winter. For those will be days of tribulation, the kind that hasn’t been from the beginning of the world, which God created, until now and never will be again! Unless the Lord limited those days, no one would survive.But He limited those days because of the elect, whom He chose.
“Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah! Look—there!’ do not believe it! For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and will perform signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, the elect. And you must watch! I have told you everything in advance. (Mark 13:14-23)