… but instead there was joy and festivity,Isaiah 22:13
killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
eating meat and drinking wine.
“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”
Or, more hopefully, we will not die, but will live … to observe Ash Wednesday, which will remind us of our mortality, and to head into Lent with our faces and our lives turned toward a different source of satisfaction.
Above: Paczki piled high for sale in Poland.
originally published 2.25.2020