28 February 2017
High Moral Ground ~ Fat Tuesday
Greetings Dear Reader,
I am going to sound prudish in the example but please understand that I do not do so in judgement of others. Rather it is to lay the foundation for that which I must assure that I embrace. I do not think that I am better than anyone. I do think that we are doing it wrong.
Today is Fat Tuesday. In some places there will be all night debauchery. I am not against alcohol. I think celebrations are grand. The purpose of Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday was to indulge in richer foods before beginning the fasting and prayer time of Lent. It was the culmination of the time of Carnival which lasts from the Feast of Epiphany to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
As with all most things we have gone overboard in the feasting and lost most of the purpose. I will spend the evening pondering the plenty that I have and how it is a blessing from God. I will ponder the cost of my redemption in the days leading up to Holy Week.
God does not require us to follow a liturgical calendar. He does honor it when we commit ourselves to understanding just how much he has given us. I must celebrate and fast when it is appropriate. I must remember that there is a high cost for my redemption. The purpose is not to be naught to be good. It is instead to celebrate what I have then deny some of that in recognition of what I will receive.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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