For some reason growing up, I didn’t really like pancakes, it always tasted slightly odd and rubbery ( maybe this was because of my cooking), but it is only recently that I have started to like them. I mean, they’re not my favourite type of cakes but I do have to admit they are easy to make and you just can not ignore the hype for pancakes particularly at this time of the year.
If you don’t know, today is Shrove Tuesday or more colloquially ‘Pancake day’, the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. Lent is essentially a 46-day countdown to Easter ( or as I would prefer to say Resurrection Sunday) the day when Christ was resurrected from the grave, it was created by the early churches to prepare people’s hearts for Easter by encouraging them to fast and pray and just become more intimate with Christ, in this way when Easter comes they are truly joyous. On the first day of lent/ Ash-Wednesday a priest in an Anglican or Catholic church will place the sign of the cross on your forehead using the ashes from a palm tree or leaf. The ashes represent death and this whole act is a reminder that we too are putting our flesh to death and in so doing are waiting for our rebirth, for we received New Life when Christ was raised from the dead. It is in many ways the re-enactment of John the Baptists minsitry in which John preapred peoples hearts to receive Christ through the baptism of repentence.
Today represents the last day of living in sin, and a pancake represents sin because of its over-indulgence. It may not seem like a pancake is the most over-indulgent cake there is but back in c.AD Whenever, when milk, flour and eggs were super expensive, believe me, this was the most indulgent meal that an average Joe would have in a year. It’s similar to having a giant burger on Monday and on Tuesday beginning your 6-week weight loss journey because you want to be a healthier and fitter version of yourself, in our case we want to be a more spirit-filled cherished child of God.
So today, I graciously ask that you may join me in celebrating Shrove Tuesday but even more so the countdown to Resurrection Sunday beginning this Wednesday.