The old translation of the introduction to the Palm Sunday liturgy used to say 'For five weeks of Lent we have been preparing by works of self sacrifice....' Many times I have wanted to add the word 'long 'so that it reads 'for five long weeks of Lent...'
With the New Translation the Church spurs us from having such unholy thoughts as now we pray 'since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts....'
As we enter this Holy Week it is an indication that the penances and disciplines of Lent that we have taken upon ourselves will soon be over. However this does not mean that we simply return to the way things were. The whole point of 'giving something up for Lent' is to help us focus on the things that really matter.
Let us continue to pray for each other in this Great Week that we will come closer to the Lord in His Passion so that we may truly share in in Resurrection.