We are in the season of Lent, a time of reflection and preparation leading up to Easter, Jesus on the cross, and the rolled back stone.
Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty. Not because God is mean or fault-finding or finger-pointing, but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he now has in store. N.T. Wright [Paraphrased]