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Sunday Homilies 

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
Time to resolve our differences

Traditionally today was a day to finish off all the rich and fattening foods in the household, including meats, which were given up for Lent. Thus the origins of the term Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday” in French), and the word carnival might be derived from the Latin for “removing or taking away meat.” The excesses of some modern-day celebrations of the Carnival season, however, have obscured its connection with Lent. The tension between celebration and fast is nothing new. In 1559, the Dutch master Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, contrasting scenes of raucous celebration on one side of the painting and solemn religious observance on the other. How do you resolve the tension of excess in your own life?

TODAY'S READINGS: James 4:1-10; Mark 9:30-37 (342).  “Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.”

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