Hills in South Korea, ©Diane Bury
Today, a couple of days early, we celebrated Pancake Day, picking up long tradition of making and eating pancakes
on that last day before lent begins on Ash Wednesday.
Over 1000 years ago, idea of confessing sins, to start Lent with a clean slate - not just about getting rid of things; making room for new; Food like eggs, milk and cream traditionally given up for Lent not wasted but mixed together to make pancakes and shared with family and friends. It’s food for the journey of Lent, when we learn more about how to follow Jesus.
Lent can be hard; this time of joyful sharing, can give us hope; letting go of some things can give us room to learn new things. New things about God’s love, new things about following Jesus.
Mark 9: 2-9 (NRSV)
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
We mix it all together to use up ingredients of the past,
ready to move forward into Lent.
And no matter what we bring to the mix,
God’s love and forgiveness can make it
better than we can imagine.
When we eat our pancakes,
may we marvel at the glorious creation which,
by God’s grace, we are now and yet will become.
May we be ready to follow Jesus,
through the time of Lent.