As I sit here listening to the Poland V Scotland match live on BBC Radio Scotland it occurred to me I should be reading something edifying as a start to the Lenten season. It is only a friendly after all and I should start as I meant to go on. Already I have found my "out" in a meaningless football match. Ratzinger's Jesus of Nazareth will have to wait. (Although I am typing this!)
It was more evident to me this year possibly because of social media how many people actually like and look forward to Lent. I can relate to that. Maybe not to having a Lent Festival but whatever rocks your boat and it is possible some of the acts are real penances!
In the end I was looking forward to Ash Wednesday the closer it got. Time to start again. Oh that I could treat my repeated Acts of Contrition during the Sacrament of Confession with the same perseverance I do Lenten observances!
There is definitely a special grace to this season. The Old Testament exhortations to repent each day, the Miserere Mei, the fact we are all in it together. Lent is really an opportunity par-excellence.