Fat Tuesday is the New Year’s Eve of Lent. Many faithful believers are having one last hurrah before “giving up” (chocolate, Facebook) or “adding on” (mid-week worship, devotional walking) during the 40-day journey with Jesus to the cross. Some of the faithful know Sundays are “little Easters” and don’t count; pass the chocolate, please.
I confess that I no longer make Lenten resolutions. Instead of practicing willingness, these commitments tempt me to prove willpower. Instead of embracing the opportunity for deeper discipleship, I am tempted to resent the doing or the not doing. I am tempted to reduce a spiritual discipline to a six-week diet plan.
There’s good news for the likes of me in Mark 1:9-15, the Gospel lesson for February 26, 2012, the first Sunday in Lent. Continue reading