Did you have pancakes on Tuesday? If you did, I wonder whether you know why the tradition is to eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the day which starts the Christian season of Lent.
Shrove Tuesday was the seen as the last opportunity to eat rich and fattening foods before the 40 days of fasting for Lent began.
Pancakes were a way of eating up all those rich foods such as sugar, butter and milk so that they didn’t go to waste as the austerity of Lent started.
Christians fast during Lent to follow Jesus as he fasted in the wilderness for 40 days.
This is an opportunity to seek to change our lives so that we can be more like Jesus.
The secular world thinks about stopping eating chocolate or drinking alcohol.
While this may well help our physical health, from a Christian perspective it is more about emptying our lives of the things we know God would not want us to be or to do and to seek to live the way he calls us to.
It’s about making space in our lives so that God can come in and change us for the better.
And all of this is so that we be in the right place with God so that we can celebrate the great feast of Easter at the end of Lent, a time when we gives thanks for all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus. God wants us to have life in all its fullness but sometimes we need to give some things up from our lives so that we are ready to receive all that he has to give us.
How is God calling you to change your life this Lent?