You may find comfort in the vulnerabilities and failures of Jesus’ disciples – and you may find comfort in Jesus’ tenderness towards them, his acceptance of their frailty, and his firm but gentle reminder that the ways of God are not always the ways that seem best to us.
I honestly feel sorry for the Christians who don’t understand how entwined Christ’s message is with politics.
All of the Jesus-saved, God-believing, bible-reading people who don’t actively seek to uproot oppression and racism and sexism and homophobia wherever they see it, who don’t feel the call from above for a liberation of people. Who don’t understand that Jesus flipped tables and chased out the tax-collector and accepted people as they were.
I’m sorry for everyone enthralled in a meagre, passive Christianity, a capitalist faith void of the active liberation of Jesus Christ who died for it.
The Paschal candle represents Christ, the Light of the World.
The pure beeswax of which the candle is made represents the sinless Christ who was formed in the womb of His Mother. The wick signifies His humanity, the flame, His Divine Nature, both soul and body.
Five grains of incense inserted into the candle in the form of a cross recall the aromatic spices with which His Sacred Body was prepared for the tomb, and of the five wounds in His hands, feet, and side.
During the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night the priest or deacon carries the candle in procession into the dark church. A new fire, symbolizing our eternal life in Christ, is kindled which lights the candle. The candle, representing Christ himself, is blessed by the priest who then inscribes in it a cross, the first letters and last of the Greek alphabet, Alpha and Omega `the beginning and the end’ and the current year, as they chant the prayer; then affixing the five grains of incense.
The Easter candle is lighted each day during Mass throughout the Paschal season until Ascension Thursday.
The Old Anglican Church of Tulit’a, Northwest Territories. This church is an official historic site because it was built in 1880 and is one of the oldest standing buildings in the Northwest Territories. Apparently there is a prophecy that when the bell falls the end of time is near.
“The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on him in thy heart by faith, with thanksgiving.”