Bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. Luke 15:23
Celebration and merriment abound today. In a “Prodigal Son, live it up for today” way, people everywhere are sneaking in as much sin as twenty-four hours can accommodate. Alcohol, sex, food – one final binge for all our nature nags us to need. A last chance to enjoy the “fat” of the world because over the next forty days, also known as Lent, we plan to be perfect angels.
Like the father of the Prodigal Son, God looks past our nonsense and knows us. He knows that “Fat Tuesday” is an amplification of who we truly are. So He appointed not the fattened calf be killed, but His own Son . . . to reconcile us . . . to forgive our foolishness. Better is a “Fat” Tuesday which celebrates God’s grace and mercy, rather than an endurance race to see who can be the most foolishly hedonistic for the day.
Jesus, forgive the fat and sin in our lives. Amen.