Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!
…and with those words begin the traditional liturgy of Easter. My friend Paul, who is Lutheran, says that their liturgy forbids use of the word "Alleluia" during Lent. I don’t know of any restrictions placed on Presbyterians, but the Fourth Presbyterian Choir tried to overcome such prohibitions with another ear-splitting rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
As Rev. McSween contemplated the Resurrection story found in Matthew, I contemplated the fate of Terry Shaivo and the clamor surrounding her unfortunate situation. Seems to me that if these Christians that are so intent on fighting the removal of her feeding tube truly believe in the Resurrection, then their actions amount to postponing her reward in heaven. These same people fight for the sanctity of life, whether for unborn or at end-of life, stating that humans have no right to play God. Yet these are the same people that support the death penalty and have no problem with the countless deaths that have been caused by the Iraq invasion. Go figure.