Friday, February 15, 2013

What Do You Mean You Don't Eat No Meat During Lent!?

My wife loves the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". I think it's okay, but there are a few scenes that I do enjoy.

One of those is that expression of shock by Aunt Voula, "What do you mean he don't eat no meat?" followed by the priceless look on the faces of all those in the room who are now frozen in disbelief.

Sometimes I get that same feeling on Fridays during Lent.

So, let's talk about this on Fridays this Lent; not a big all-encompassing thing. We'll just simply take it one bite at a time.

In the simplest sense, abstaining from meat is a very small sacrifice which reminds us of THE sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

Oh, and when we say "meat", it means "fleshy" meat of mammals and poultry. The Latin word "caro", from which we derive the word "meat" means "carnivore" or more exactly "carnivorous" (meat-eater). That's why we do not include fish in this category.

More next Friday. + + +

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