The first Sunday of Lent. Can I tell you how excited I am that it’s here? This morning you get a bit of fashion and a bit of theology. I’ll chat about why I love denim and why we don’t take Sundays off during Lent here at Casa Whitaker. I know, riveting stuff.
As they say, fashion first. Those pants and shoes are a good decade old, I think. I know skinny jeans are in style, but I love my flare pants. What can I say? Kid of the 70s here.
Now for your theology. At our house, we don’t believe in taking off Sundays during Lent. For my non-Catholic readers, Catholics typically fast from something during the 40ish day season. Some argue that because Sunday is a feast day (the Lord’s Day) that no fasting should take place because we are, in fact, celebrating Christ’s resurrection. I say that’s hogwash. And, I do have priest to back me up here. Hat tip to Fr. Dave Dwyer over at Busted Halo. He puts it into this context. If you gave up swearing, for example. How holy would it be to cuss up a storm on Sunday if using the feast day analogy?
If you count from Ash Wednesday to Wednesday before Holy Thursday (NO, the Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are not counted in the Lenten season) it’s 42 days this year. That count varies somewhat, but it’s around 40. So, if you delete the Sundays, you’re now down to 36. Come on folks, if you can’t give it up for 6 extra days then perhaps we’ve lost sight of the season. Lent is about drawing us closer to God. Let’s not lose sight of the big picture.
As Fr. Dave so eloquently reminds us, the first Sunday after Ash Wednesday is called “The First Sunday of Lent” not, “The First Sunday of Not-Lent”. <– my personal favorite
I realize everybody has their own personal preference during these 40 days. As a parent, I just find it incredibly difficult to say, “Hey, we’re giving this up for Lent, but you know, Sundays? They don’t count.” We go cold turkey here and it works for us. We still celebrate the Sunday feast, but our fasts don’t get a bye.
I pray you have an awesome Lenten season. Our sweet priest reminded us this morning, “what are you doing to strengthen the kingdom of God? It’s time to get to it.”