“Let the good times roll.”
Upon reflecting on today’s short Gospel, these “famous” words from my dad came immediately to mind. I can vividly see him celebrating and offering this proclamation to family and friends. Simply put: enjoy the moment! Live life to the fullest!
Jesus says just this to his disciples: “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?” He tells them there is a time to celebrate, a time to rejoice! He seems wholeheartedly to encourage his disciples to go out and savor life and enjoy gifts from God.
Yet, in the same breath, he solemnly reminds his disciples that there will come a time for fasting after the bridegroom is taken away—a time for personal discipline, repentance, and mourning.
As we embark upon our Lenten journeys in preparation for Easter, we enter a time of fasting and repentance. Perhaps during this season it will be important to follow Jesus’ call for balance—to savor and celebrate life when we can, but also to prepare silently for moments of gravity, knowing full well that we do not know the time when we will need to repent and rely upon God alone.
Kerrie (Wagner) Debbs ‘89