Wednesday, 31 October 2007

All Saints' Day (Nov 1st)

All Saints' Day, celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost in honour of all the saints known and unknown, remembers all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven (i.e. entered Heaven). Halloween is the day preceding it, and is so named because it is "The Eve of All Hallows" (All Hallows being another name for All Saints' Day). And All Saints' Day is tomorrow! So how do you plan to send ur Hallowmas (yep, yet another name for the feast day)?

Btw, All Saints' Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. And what is a HDoO, u may ask? Holy Days of Obligation or Holidays of Obligation, less commonly called Feasts of Precept, are the days on which, as canon 1247 of the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church states, the faithful (Catholics) are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body (taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Day_of_Obligation). In other words HDoO are like Sabbath days (Remember the 3rd Commandment? "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy"?)

Today's Reading

Lookee here- more readings, this time for today Wed 31 Oct on Luke 13: 22-30

The Narrow Door

Then Jesus traveled throughout towns and villages, teaching and making his way toward Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” So he said to them, “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ But he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God. But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Why it is wrong to hate Jews.

1) Racism is an ugly thing. Besides, to hate Jews is to side with Hitler and his Nazis. And since they killed millions of people, I'd rather not do that.

2) To hate Jews because they killed Palestinians is to say they have less right to kill Palestinians than Palestinians have to kill them. My opinion is no one have the right to kill each other. So until one group stopped killing the other I'll withold judgment on who's right and who's wrong. Besides, for Muslims to side with Palestinians because they are Muslims is the same as the Holy See siding with Irish terrorists just because they are Catholics. And since the Holy See didn't do that, (and if they had I'll leave the Catholic Church instantly), the Malaysian government had little justification in siding with the Palestinians.

3) Since when is it morally right for a race to be punishable for the sins of a few of them? Granted, Israel did do violent things to Palestinians in the name of subduing them, and "an eye for an eye" is never right. But those Palestinians never heard of peaceful resolution? Of Gandhi and his peaceful protest? Did they think that they would be able to cow an entire nation through murderous means?

Daily Bible Verse

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