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Lent stops on Maundy Thursday (April 17th, 2025), the day before Good Friday. Maundy means commandment. It’s the last day of Lent, marking the Lord’s supper, where Jesus commanded us to love one another before he was betrayed. After this, Easter weekend begins, ending on Easter Sunday, April 20th, 2025.

In John 13:34, Jesus tells his disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

The powerful scene of the last support makes us understand the weight and significance of the crucifixion celebrated on Good Friday and the resurrection, celebrated on Easter Sunday. The meal is set in an intimate scene where close friends celebrate the Jewish Passover meal, as is Jewish custom. On that particular night, Jesus perhaps sensed that Judas was about to betray him.

During the meal, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, including Judas’, who would later betray Him. This act of grace and love beautifully sums up the Gospel’s potent message.

Lent is the period that has been used to sacrifice and fast in various ways to reflect Jesus fasting for 40 days. The culmination of this fasting is Maundy Thursday, and being paired with remembering the Last Supper further enhances how we remain mindful of the sacrifice of Jesus.

 

When Can You Stop Giving Up Lent?

Although Lent officially ends at 11:59pm on Maundy Thursday, it’s worth noting most people keep their fast going a few more days. This is a preference, and stopping the fast on Maundy Thursday is fine. The focus should be on how it has made you mindful of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Whether you have decided to give up chocolate, fast TV, or types of food, the importance should be placed on what you have learned through the sacrifice. The whole point of Lent is to bring you closer to Jesus and be mindful of the greatest sacrifice God made by sending his son, Jesus, to pay for your sins. During the time of crucifixion, it would have been a significant cost and burden for Jesus. Giving up something for Lent will focus you on understanding sacrifice, even if it is a small gesture of fasting.

Is Sunday a break from Lent?

The Lent fast does not include Sundays and does not usually carry on beyond Maundy Thursday. However, many people do include Sundays and fast across the whole Easter weekend. There is no hard rule, but it is okay to not fast on Sundays during Lent if you are struggling.
Sundays are considered feast days during Lent, so eating and drinking are to be expected. It is not weak to break from Lent on a Sunday, nor is it more holy to power through extra days. You will miss the point of Lent entirely if you treat it as a strictly religious act. The question remains, ‘How are you being mindful of Jesus’ as you give up something over the festival of Lent?
If you plan to exclude Sundays, perhaps use your Sunday afternoons to invite people to share in a meal. While having that meal, talk about what you are giving up for Lent and what it teaches you about sacrifice.

What Happens If You Fail What You Give Up For Lent?

Nothing terrible will happen if you fail on your vow to give something up. If you have a day when you didn’t keep to your intended sacrifice, return to keeping Lent the next day. Do not let one or two mishaps stop you from using Lent to focus on Jesus.

When Jesus said to his critics in Mark 2:27,“‘ The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.'”, It was a rebuttal against being over-religious about things designed to bring us closer to God. Do not be harsh on yourself if you fail during Lent. Return to the fast the next day and submit your efforts to God in prayer.

 

Are you planning on giving up something for Lent this year? Please drop a comment to tell us what you hope to learn from sacrifice as you celebrate Lent.

KEY VERSES: John 13:34, Mark 2:27
Bible references are taken from the ESV
Feature Photo by Lucas Hoang on Unsplash

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