Today is Shrove Tuesday.
If you don’t know what Shrove Tuesday is, it is the day before Ash Wednesday. If you don’t know what Ash Wednesday is, that is the first day in the season of Lent. And if you don’t know what Lent is, then you probably are not familiar with the liturgical calendar of the Christian church. But that’s ok, I wasn’t either.
That being what it is, the season of Lent is the season that comes right before we celebrate Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday, as some prefer to call it.
Why is this day important? Shrove Tuesday helps to prepare the Christian church and all believers who are obedient to the gospel and Jesus Christ, to prepare the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.
Shrove Tuesday is also known by other names. Probably the most famous is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, because it marked the last celebration before the season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday. It is typical to observe the season of Lent with fasting and prayer. It is a time to reflect on what it means for us to be saved, to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
And so as we prepare for the celebration of Easter with the season of Lent. During the next 40 days of reflections, I look forward to exploring more what it means to anticipate and to celebrate the reality that God came in the form of a man in the person of Jesus Christ so that we might have eternal life.
I became exposed to the liturgical calendar during my time in the Methodist Church, and they have put together a daily reflection guided based on a daily word. I liked the idea so much they will serve as the focal point of the devotions that I will be writing over the next few weeks.
I hope that you would join me as we prepare and anticipate the miracle and wonder of the death and resurrection of Jesus this year.