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Holy Saturday – 7 April 2007
Holy Saturday is the day before Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday).
Thinking about Holy Week, which culminates with the celebration of
Christ’s resurrection, I come to the conclusion that the Lord Jesus
Christ did not come to earth simply with the purpose of creating a lot
of religions and denominations with the resulting competition, strife,
and divisions. He did not willingly yield to crucifixion so that the
hierarchy of churches bearing the name of “Christian” would arrogantly
“lord it” over their “flocks” and encourage ungodly fundraisers
featuring the remains and secretions of tortured animals – fundraisers
that sadden and alienate those who respond to the sensitivity with
which the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts.
How much more pleasing it would be to the Lord if Christianity
returned to the sensitivity of some early vegetarian Christians like St.
Basil the Great, a brilliant man of God whose legacy of writings truly
prove his right to the title of “Great.” Here is a quotation of St.
Basil’s that I happened upon the other day:
“And what object was there in the bringing forth of grain, if not for
your subsistence? Moreover, many grasses and vegetables serve for the
food of man.”
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful. At the
same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the
world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true
peace and compassion.
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