For many in the Christian community today begins the season of Lent. This 40 days before Easter is a time for self reflection, penitence, forgiveness and thinking of ones life and mortality. Pope Francis offers this list of things one can do to observe and participate in during this season. Everyone should find something they can do from this list.
The Coronavirus pandemic began right before Lent of 2020 so it seems the season never stopped. There has been much sacrifice and loss in these days and thinking about this time in life and history giving up something isn’t what people really want to do.
Lent can be for everyone. There are universal themes that believers and non-believers can latch on to. No matter how this season of life finds you may you be encouraged, strengthened and cared for.
On Shrove/Fat Tuesday it’s traditional to make pancakes which uses up all of ones fatty stuffs such as butter, sugar, milk, etc before the season of Lent where one gives up such indulgent foods. These are my scratch made pancakes and store made maple sausage. I don’t know what I’m doing for Lent yet. I have a few hours to figure it out.
Yes, Sunday is coming but its Saturday where we should feel uneasy like the disciples felt. The chaos of that day when Jesus in their minds was dead is something to be contemplated. We cannot ignore that in-between when all Hell seemed to be breaking loose and Jesus’ crew were shaking with fear. I think its that experience that should never be glanced over. For many of us its that uncertainty where faith, belief and truth are tested.