Super Fat Tuesday

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday – a day of indulgence in anticipation of a season of self-imposed, penitential deprivation through the season of Lent. Lent lasts for forty days, and ends Easter Sunday.

Yesterday was also Super Tuesday – a day of national torture in anticipation of a season of carping, posturing, lying and false-promising through the real election season. This season lasts for ever and ends in a national day of ambivilence (the Wednesday following the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November).

These days don’t often fall on the same date. Yesterday was just special.


7 responses to “Super Fat Tuesday

  1. Politics offers no hope. That is why at the end of the vote counting we look around and despair.

    By the way… I am working on a post about Lent. Don’t say too much… you may have to take some of it back 🙂

    al sends

  2. I think Fat Tuesday has become the scum-magnet it has by Christians being gnostic about feasting. We look at the fasting done by Christ and say “WWJD? Stop eating sinner!” and not back at the Old Testament feasts that were commanded by God. I’ll now stop stealing Pastor Stout’s thunder . . .

    Did anyone see Jon Stewart’s thoughts about the naming of this particular Tuesday?
    I’m not sure about the content, I just remember it being quite humorous. Of course, this was at 11 pm after 3 hours of differential equations.

  3. The whole Fat Tuesday thing bothers me as well. Shall we sin that grace may abound? Fill up on sin so that our giving up of sin stands more righteous. Blather it all.

    al sends

  4. Again, I think “Fat Tuesday” has become something it wasn’t. Now it’s the glutton’s holiday, a day on which anything at all is permissible. But as a day of feasting, of enjoying the tender mercies of God before feeling the pain & longing for salvation that accompanies Lent, I think it has tremendous significance and beauty.

  5. Well said Kaleb…

    I think part of the problem with our Fat Tuesday celebration is that the god populi is thanked instead of the God of gods. There is no thought to feasting before God. It is simply a period of civically acceptable revelry.

    Even the Church takes this view to some degree as it has turned the day into a time of “permitted sin.” The thought being that we will deal with those sins in the next 40 days.

    How do we recapture feast days?

    al sends

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