The Fellowship of Life
On Sunday 19th of March, Catholics throughout the country will have
listened with varying degrees of credulity to the apologia of their
Priests in relation to the historical tradition of animal sacrifice.
There exists a general notion embedded within Christian theology that
Jesus would have been more concerned with the mercenary activities of
money changers in the Temple, than with the suffering and defilement
which was wrought through the blood of their innocent animal victims.
The latter prophets had roundly rubbished the notion that animal
slaying could somehow atone for human sin. If anything such conduct
compounded offences (Isaiah 1:11-15, Hosea 8:13, Amos 5: 21-25, Micah 6:
When the age of prophecy became outlawed, around 200 B.C. the priests
were able to return to heinous forms of worship which conveniently
raised revenue and served as a pretext for dining on the flesh of those
"offered" to their creator.
The profanity which this ongoing state of affairs would have
represented to Our Lord has traditionally been underestimated by the
Church. On one occasion Jesus even quotes Hosea: "But if you had known
what this means, 'I DESIRE COMPASSION AND NOT A SACRIFICE,' you would
not have condemned the innocent." (Matthew 12:7) There is a world of
difference between the challenge of Christ's call to self-sacrifice and
the mere murder of those that so often suffer for the sake of human
Whilst a whole range of unedifying practices within the Bible have
been brought into line with civilisation; it would appear that those
unable to voice their claims of respect from the religious, remain, as
yet, beyond the pale of genuine consideration.
Yet God's grace continues to reveal itself to "those with ears to
hear" with the result that many pews will never become occupied by
humane and the ethical individuals who remain scandalised by Christian
attitudes towards the least among us.
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