Today is widely known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. In many regions, it is also called Shrove Tuesday. Regardless of what you call today, I hope you celebrated your life today. Sometimes life sucks. There is no getting around it. The consequence of being alive is that sometimes unpleasantness occurs. And yet, there is still always something for which to give thanks and celebrate.
I cannot think of a better way to express what today’s word or verb means than this quote from Abraham Joshua Heschel: “People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.”
To celebrate is not to get drunk or stuff one’s face full of food. Celebration means to give thanks and be appreciative of that which we have or have experienced. When we celebrate we confront our living and recognize it. We recognize our being and the living of others.
Be an active participant in your living. As we close this series, I hope you celebrate your being. Tomorrow we begin our Lenten series on happiness. The format will be a bit different and I welcome your comments. Until then … Each of you has been a gift to me and I toast you all, celebrating your presence in my life and your being. Join me, please. Celebrate!