Carnival is winding down – the raucous celebration that culminates with Mardi Gras, the day before Lent begins. Originally it was “one last fling” before 40 days of fasting and praying.
Forty days commemorated Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert.
But don’t forget – Jesus showed us both sides of the coin. He also ate and drank with the dregs of society – the prostitutes, tax collectors and lepers. He was accused of being a glutton and a drunkard.
I think that the message from Jesus was a reminder of the verse from Ecclesiastes, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
There’s a time for enjoying the good things that God has given us and a time to be penitent.
Whatever gets you closer to God.