This evening, as I picked up some essentials from the supermarket, the signs said it loud and proud:
International Pancake Day
Of course as a moveable feast, Pancake Day is difficult to calculate. The trick is to count back 45 days from "International Sticky Bun Day" day. Or 47 days from "World Chocolate Bunny Day".
But then again, why should anyone care about Shrove Tuesday. Shrovetide was the week prior to Lent where you'd confess and do penance to gain absolution ('shrove' means absolved). In so doing you'd clean yourself up enough to embark upon another 40 days of penitential sacrifice! And only then do we make it to God's work at Easter.
As we'll see as we blog through Exodus - in the bible, self examination comes after God's redemption. The feast of unleavened bread comes after Passover. It's not: "Clean yourself up to get saved." God saves you while you're still dirty.
So in the name of Jesus I absolve you from all your Shrovetide burdens. Enjoy your Pancake Day.