A Cautious Man
March 23, 2008
Easter is earlier this year, than any of us will see again.

As for the meaning of Easter, this is what it's all about -

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.

That's the cool part.

Of course, then you might ask, "What does that have to do with me?"

There's an answer to that, in a reading for this day from St. Paul -

Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?
Clear out the old yeast,
so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.
For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

So, toss out the old yeast, folks. Feel free to insert any particular political views that may apply to this "old yeast" category.

And Happy Easter, and keep it going for the rest of the year.

March 18, 2008
In reading about Senator Obama and Rev. Wright, I was dreading what appeared to be the inevitable "moment of truth". Senator Obama was going to be presented with a choice - does he run away from people who have been a part of his political and social growth, or does he fall victim to the Fox-type smears.

I'm less bothered by Rev. Wright's speech excerpts, than by the fact that Senator Obama had to give that speech today.

I know that it was an intelligent and adult essay on race and religion, and I also know that it deserves to be examined and commented on for years, because it is rare that our politicians talk to us like this.

But it's also sad, that even Senator Obama is unable to break through the distortions of the media, and point out how we've been hood-winked about Rev. Wright and his preaching.

De crackabloggahs ...
... deys stats ter hollah."

This is too good.

And this Jonah Goldberg character is truly an idiot, with the worst sense of timing, to go along with his awful political sense.


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