Today is the first day of Lent, a 40-day period leading up to Easter that is traditionally observed with fasting and prayer.
For the mathematically minded, however, Lent is a bit perplexing. You see, you’re not allowed to include Sundays when calculating those 40 days. That’s right: the 40 days of Lent include six Sundays that go completely uncounted!
Why is that? It’s because Sunday – the day we gather to worship – isn’t meant to be a day of fasting. It’s meant to be a day of feasting. It’s meant to be a joyous mini-Easter at the end of each week where we come together to celebrate the good news that Christ is risen and living among us.
Mathematicians, forgive us: Lent just can’t contain our celebration!