In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Today is Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It's a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. In some traditions Pancakes are made. Carnivals are celebrated in other traditions. The word carnival means meat is gone. Many people give up things like foods such as candy in Lent. Others do more by taking on acts of kindness and compassion.
This day, we hear Paul's letter to the Corinthians:
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
The Word of the Lord…Thanks be to God.
Lent is a time to consider how dimly we see ourselves and God's love. In Lent we pray and look honestly at ourselves to discover who we have become and what we need to work on to become the loving and wise children of God.
Wisdom allows us to put love into all our decisions. Jesus takes time away in prayer to reconnect with his Father and bring their loving wisdom into our world. Today try and find ways for new and loving solutions to problems you face as tomorrow we begin Lent with Ash Wednesday.
We root our day in the love of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.