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Lent for Everyone
Mark Year B

...There was a man on the radio the other day enthusing about a new restaurant he’d just visited. Actually, he interviewed the chef, and got him to talk about the exciting new ingredients he was adding to his salads. Customers loved it, he said. The reporter hadn’t been so keen to begin with, but gradually came round to the idea. The new, secret ingredient, mixed in with the lettuce and cucumber, was . . . locusts.

Well, explained the reporter cheerfully, you get used to prawns and other creatures with legs and eyes, don’t you? And the taste (so he said) was really rather good. We shall have to see whether it catches on.

But I suspect that, even in the first century, the mention of someone, in this case John the Baptist, eating locusts was not meant to make people think, ‘Good idea! Must try that some day...

Taken from Lent for Everyone Mark Year B by Tom Wright

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