Monday, December 20, 2010
commercialism at Christmas? An ancient story worth pondering
A world-denying Jew heard the call to asceticism. He thought it a part of the commandments that he must do without good food, good wine, and the company of good women and friends in general. He took no place at their festive tables; he heard no good music and did without great art. All of this he did with an eye on the promise of paradise for the renouncer.
He died. He did indeed find himself in paradise.
But three days later, they threw him out because he understood nothing of what was going on.