Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a time I give up and take on things to bring me closer to Christ. It is the most serious of Holy Days.
Today is St. Valentine's Day; a not so serious Holiday.
The last 24 hours have been a dichotomy.
(A dichotomy is any splitting of a whole into exactly two
non-overlapping parts, meaning it is a procedure in which a whole is
divided into two parts.)
Not much overlap between the two days.
EXCEPT love. Both are about love.
Ash Wednesday leads us into the contemplation of a God who would take on human form, suffer and die for the love of His creation.
Valentines day is about showing your love, usually with flowers, candy and bling.
So do we go for the temporary show of undying love or the dark and somber vision?
Can we have both? Can our hearts hold a dichotomy?