Holy Saturday

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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.”

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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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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