I found this wonderful gem of a reflection at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Durham, NC website, where a good friend of mine is the assistant to the Rector.
Take a read, I think that the Rev. Joseph Hensley is really onto something in his reflection on Parties and Penitence!
I've posted an excerpt, you can read it all HERE...
Getting ready,...almost Lent!!
~ The Rev. Peter M. Carey
Parties and Penitence
February is a short and shifty month. February sees the end of Epiphany and the beginning of Lent. The glorious revelation of Christ, transfigured on the mountaintop, erodes quickly to the humble dust of Ash Wednesday. The revelry of Mardi Gras and Carnivale yields to a call for fasting, self-examination, and repentance.
Is it possible to prepare for parties AND penitence? Many of us will tend to focus on one aspect or the other. Some folks really enjoy the celebration. Others look forward to the days of discipline and self-denial. As Christians, we can be good at both. Keep in mind that Jesus seemed to enjoy a good party (after all he did change water into wine). He also fasted in the wilderness and went off to lonely places to pray.
Read it all HERE