Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Toon: Will You Return to Be My Dust?

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✍Feb 7, 2018

I'm a little early with this cartoon, so take it easy. You haven't missed mass, and there's still time to pick up that bouquet of roses.

As it happens, Ash Wednesday and Easter on the western Christian calendar coincide with Valentine's Day and April Fools' Day this year. This is an extremely rare occurrence, even more rare than having five weekends in July or whatever that money bags B.S. is that your gullible Facebook friends will share with you later this year.

The Easter-April Fools' Day convergence isn't likely to have much effect on society, but observant Christians are going to have to make some hard choices next Wednesday. Churches tend to schedule Ash Wednesday services early in the evening; so will it be a nice romantic dinner for two, or having ashes smeared on your forehead? Lobster thermidor, a box of chocolates, and a nice bottle of viognier, or a sermon about giving up gluttony and drunkenness?

There might be a noontime mass, for retirees and the one or two other members of the congregation who are willing to take a long lunch break from work yet not have lunch.

But if you're just waking up from Mardi Gras revelry about then, perhaps you'll be in the mood for a bit of repentance.

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