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Righteous Anger

Posted: January 26, 2011 in Bible, Catholic, Christian Life, Jesus, Opinion

There has been quite the buzz lately about the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” ad contest. One entry that has been widely boycotted by Catholic groups nation wide depicts Doritos and Pepsi Max as suitable substitutes for bread and wine for communion. *Please note the usage of the little “c” on communion.”

Since the ad has already been pulled by Youtube and other sources, you can watch it here Doritos Ad

The primary question about this ad shouldn’t be “Should it make me mad?” but “Why does it make me mad?”

Anger and wrath are powerful emotions; in fact so powerful that they can be considered one of the seven deadly sins. Anger itself is a desire for revenge, CCC 2302 has this to say.

“[…] ‘To desire vengeance in order to do evil to someone who should be punished is illicit,’ but it is praiseworthy to impose restitution ‘to correct vices and maintain justice.'”

So how can something be both vengeful and good? Let’s take a look at an instance.

And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet,  from Nazareth in Galilee.” Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, “It is written: ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a den of thieves.”
Matthew 21: 10-13

I think it’s safe to say Jesus got upset. Jesus being upset over this wasn’t just a meek little ‘Excuse me, could you stop selling that?” It was a bold, out going, massive upheaval that kicked all the money changers and those looking to make a profit on worship out of the temple. Many of these people who Jesus just laid a can of whoop on, just saw him ride triumphantly into Jerusalem for the Passover.

Let’s take a look at this in another light. Were the services that these people were providing necessary? Yes. Because it was the Passover, devout Jews from across the world were coming to Jerusalem in order to make sacrifices. They often would not travel with their lambs and doves because they wouldn’t survive the journey.  Of course though, because they would be traveling they would need to exchange currency. Sooooo… having all these amenities near the Temple just kinda made sense. But why in the Temple?

The merchants could have easily set up shop outside of the Temple gates. Instead to maximize their exposure they were right inside and set up on sacred ground. That’s why Jesus was upset.

So why be mad at the Doritos ad? I admit there are parts of it that liken it more to a Protestant service over a Catholic Mass, ie: shots of Pepsi Max, and self receiving from the plate.

The reason I was hurt is that it could be seen that any part of our faith is disposable and can make a profit. Secondly if this was to be likened to Catholic Communion, there is no way in hell that a Catholic Church would use anything but unleavened bread, wine and water.

Jesus gave us a feast not snack food. In defense of our faith do we get righteously angry and defend our faith in truth and compassion or do we try to slam our faith into the faces of those that question us?


O Antiphons

Posted: December 17, 2010 in Bible, Catholic, Christian Life, Jesus

Blessed Advent all. This is an exciting time of the Advent season. Today we start to see the glimmers of light promised to each of us in the coming of the Christ Child. Isaiah spoke very prophetically about the coming Messiah and signs that we are to look for. During each of these times we are have a chance to look back at these signs as we look forward to the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior.

Beginning today, December 17 and going all the way through the 23 the Church has given up some spectacular prayers. These are commonly known as the O Antiphons. Each Antiphon begins with a title for Jesus and refers back to one of the prophecies of Isaiah. Also if you are familiar with the hymn, “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” each of the O Antiphons are paraphrased through the whole song. *Hint Hint* That’s also why it has seven verses!

December 17 O Sapientia, O Wisdom

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.

Prophecies Fulfilled: Isaiah 11: 2 – 3 and Isaiah 28 : 29

December 18, O Adonai, Adonai meaning Lord or Ruler

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

Prophecies Fulfilled: Isaiah 11 : 4-5 and Isaiah 33 : 22

December 19, O Radix Jesse, O Root of Jesse

O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

Prophecies Fulfilled: Isaiah 11:1 and Isaiah 11:10

December 20, O Clavis David, O Key of David

O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison-house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Prophecies Fulfilled: Isaiah 22:22, Isaiah 9:7, Isaiah 42:7

December 21, O Oriens, O Rising Sun or O Morning Star

O Morning Star,
splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Prophecies Fulfilled: Isaiah 9:2

December 22, O Rex Gentium

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

Prophecies Fulfilled: Isaiah 9:6 and Isaiah 2:4

December 23, O Emmanuel, God is with us

O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Prophecies Fulfilled: Isaiah 7:14

Then Christmas Eve and the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. Which we celebrate for 12 days. Who said Catholics can’t party? There ain’t no party like a Catholic Party because a Catholic Party don’t stop!

We are now in the final stages of the joyful anticipation we have been preparing for over the past 4 weeks. May we continue to be ever vigilant and continue to prepare a place for the Christ Child in our hearts and homes.

Blessed Advent all!

*Goes off humming O Come, O Come Emmanuel*