Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday the 13th: Your Lucky Day

"Jesus laid His hands on her, and she at once stood up and glorified God." -(Luke 13:13)
So we come upon another Friday the 13th and folks are again getting all freaked out about perceived or possible bad luck. But for the Christians, at least those who have taken a liking to scripture, this need not be the case. In fact "13" may be one of the "luckiest" verses of all.

Certainly, the woman with the 18-year demonic possession in the above mentioned Lucian 13:13 verse found the number to be "lucky" or shall we say blessed. But the best Biblical "13" of all is undoubtedly 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13. Not only is this 13th chapter the total prescription for those looking to be "lucky at love," but the chapter has exactly 13 verses, climaxing with the classic and often quoted 1 Corinthians 13:13 - "So faith, hope and love remain, these three, but the greatest of these is love."

And so, you lucky Catholics, put away your rabbits' foots and lucky socks, and take out your miraculous medals and rosaries, your true conduits of grace. Christians, put away your horoscopes and take out your "holy-scopes" (scripture readings or "saints of the day"), and also know just how lucky you are. For although Christ died on a Friday, His Sacred Heart (with a little help from Paul the "13th" apostle?) has showed us his redemption is never far away.

Of course, I still have the problem of our two black cats, Mango and Hubey. Maybe if I renamed them (after saints) Mungo and Humility ...

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