If you’re someone who believes the story of Christianity, it’s hard to imagine anything “good” about the relentless torture and brutal execution of the Son of God, right? So then, why is it called “Good Friday”? According to the always reliable Wikipedia
Yes, well said. The slough of despond is no place to live. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
A song from John Denver written by someone I knew a long time ago - https://youtu.be/zHUDnfmcgvY
““Holy Week” does not have to be tied to a particular faith or denomination. When enough people recognize the sacred all around us, it will open doors that no one can shut. “
But it is so tied. People have recognized the sacred since time immemorial. Jesus is not just another iteration.
He is THE way, THE truth and THE life, and bc of this he is hated by the Ruler of the world.
Our duty is to pray for all those who WILL not hear, who have been seduced by money, sex and power, and to go to the Cross with Jesus.
I think we had free will before we created all the bibles and stuff. Just sayin.
Thank you for this short piece. It is exactly how I approach our whole situation. Rudolf Steiner offers a very challenging meditation in the same vein: "Everything that happens around me and to me is necessary. I will see it at necessary. I will do the work that is mine to do. (One then imaginatively forms a five pointed yellow star and ponders it.) Strength in me."
In order for this to make any sense one has to work to sense the presence of God/Christ/Love within and around.
I propose there is a powerful force, the writer Dean Henderson refers to it as Wetiko, as the First Nations peoples named it, that controls our memes, now and then. The same dark Wetiko force was behind the torture and murder of the enlightened revolutionary Jesus, (who threw Wetiko agents out of the Temple forcefully). So perhaps they manipulated the term for the day they murdered our hero, in their own image. In the same way we have been memed that Friday the 13th is UNLUCKY. That was the day when this Wetiko force in the form of the corrupt Knights Templar, the prototype of the international gangbanksters, was slaughtered.
Amen! I literally wrote something similar today in my journal about we were never promised trouble free world. It is through times of despair that growth in character and faith and trust in unseen come. At the end of day, we are given free will in how we want to think or respond to circumstances. In fact it’s the only thing we can control. Everything else is an illusion. This is our choice and I choose to believe good is happening and things are shifting even though I don’t necessarily see it. I guess this is what Good Friday means to me knowing what comes on Sunday.
Named Good Friday long after Jesus was supposedly crucified, in hindsight.
To your point, I saw a movie with a black preacher and his words for his entire sermon on a Good Friday, long ago were, "It's Friday, but Sunday's a'comin'" He would present some real life scenarios, then say, "It's Friday, but Sunday is a'comin'" Without religion, how do we have hope that things will get better? I am not religious anymore, and for me, it's just my experience of years---"this too shall pass," when I am at a low-point.
Substack mass walkout next week, no posts. Devalue the company as it is being sold.
What a beautiful sentiment! This is why I call myself an optimist. When you think about it, an optimist is someone who OPTIMIZES. So they're not just "Pollyanna" as the connotation would have us believe. Rather, they can take anything and make the most of it. ❗️
I choose to take our current world circumstances and optimize them for the greater good of all. That includes, as you surmised, daring to see the sacred in the midst of the profane ✨️
So much of knowledge is subject to the ravages of time. It is for us all to keep the truth alive in every moment using the strength of heart and love and gnosis. No institution or writings of man can or should be held up as the law. Only the natural and inherent law of "One" can stand the test of time and man's interpretations. The All is all. The All is in all.
At least that is my opinion ... man... dude.
I was a good obedient Italian child, born of 2 pre WW2 Italian parents.
My father emigrated to Canada after the war and returned to "the old country" to marry my mum 6 years later, and she later joined him to take up residence and her housekeeping role in a hell-hole located within the Not So Great White North.
I was indoctrinated under Catholicism during the early 60's and during my 7 years of elementary Catholic school.
I actually saw the light, early days, but duly kept it to myself. Like good Catholic kids generally do. (Never EVER confessed...)
Shit hit the fan in junior high and I was shipped to a convent school, then to Italy, as punishment for my sins...
I haven't set foot in a Catholic church, except for weddings and funerals, for over 50 years.
With ALL that said: I've never stopped investigating "religion" and spirituality.
This morning, I came across a clip of an interview Russell Brand conducted with Rainne Wilson.
Mickey et al: Here's the full monty let's get ready to rumble version:
From Steve Kirsch's substack:
2 different versions of the Passover story, as related by Artificial Intelligence.
The issue is that people are still worshipping the false idols, aka authorities.
But I see this con-vid disaster as waking people up to fkin think for themselves.
It's another enlightenment period, except this time we are all starting to question things, not just the ones who did it for us.
A thought that crossed my mind more than once. Excellent explanation.
It's all about love. To be willing to give up your life for the good of someone else.