This is “Shrove Tuesday observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and Roman Catholics. In Anglican countries, Mardis Gras is known as Shrove Tuesday-from shrive meaning “confess”-or Pancake Tuesday”-after the breakfast food that symbolizes one final hearty meal of eggs, butter, and sugar before the fast, beginning on Ash Wednesday.” So reports Wikipedia about this day. In a number of cities around the world it is an excuse for revelry, parades, and a “final hearty meal”. I enjoy my pancakes as much as anyone, but there is something of a wrong attitude here about having a fling before entering a penitential season. The Season of Lent with its reflection on our fallen nature and the redemptive act of our Lord on our behalf really cannot be limited to a seven week season before Easter. Humility and repentance are a way of life for Christians. We are to live our baptism daily with our identification in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Enjoy your pancakes and whatever else you share in this day, but live each day in the forgiving grace of our Lord.