This evening we had a discussion on why Orthodox Christians abstain from meat on Wed. and Fri. each week, unless instructed to do so on the calendar that reads fast-free week or no fast. It is not for preparation to take Communion on Sunday. But it is a fast that we are required to participate in for reason of spiritual discipline, enhancement and spiritual direction.
Taking communion on Sunday has nothing to do with whether you ate meat on Wednesday or Friday. It should never be used as an excuse to not receive the body and blood of Christ. I believed it was part of my preparation for twenty-five years, wrongly. It's like when your mom said that if you catch a chill, you'll get a cold. We know this is not true, but it's there in the back of our mind. There are countless other examples out there, which are old wives tales, yet believed to be true, even today.
In preparing for the fast coming up, do you know what your allowed to eat or not allowed to eat and when? It will soon be upon us once again.
I just remembered a funny line in a movie where, someone said very loudly to another person who had just told her that her boyfriend was a vegetarian and he didn't eat any meat. (Her reply); "He don't eat no meat? No bother, I'll just make him lamb."
Sometimes, it just is what it is....
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