I’m going to a Catholic mass for the first time since my grandpa died in 2011. I only went because we had to. Before that, I think the last time I went was 2009? Maybe at Christmas? If you’ve been to one, you’ve been to all of them.
My grandma wants someone to take her to Friday mass and Stations of the Cross. It’s snowing, and it’ll be dark, and she can’t see well, so I’m only doing it for her. Then afterward, they have this soup supper and make a big deal about how there’s ~no meat~ in the soup because it’s a ~Friday in Lent~. SACRIFICES PEOPLE.
There’s this cult of suffering in Catholicism that makes me want to puke. They’re super obsessed with Jesus’ gory death, so much so that it somehow makes all other suffering sacred. “Such and such is your ~cross to bear~, so proudly suffer like Jesus.” Barf. Fuck, I’ll take crucifixion and resurrection in exchange for chronic pain ANY DAY. Supposing the crucifixion story is fact, Jesus suffered for less than 24 hours total. He knew he was going to die, but he also knew he was coming back. Oh, then going to heaven. STUNT QUEEN. So many people suffer for a lifetime, and worse, they do it without any reason or hope. Their suffering cuts into who they are, takes away what might have been, and haunts their every thought. Some lose loved ones, never to see or hear from them again. They wonder and worry and have nightmares every night. Some people have to watch helplessly as one they love hurts and deteriorates and asks “Why?” and there is no answer, no purpose to the torment.
In short, the crucifixion story is not emblematic of the true depths of human suffering, and so no, I am not really in awe of this one dude’s gruesome execution. I’d be more inclined to bow my head thinking of Syrian refugees, Holocaust victims, Junko Furuta, cancer patients, female genital mutilation victims, people with debilitating chronic pain, kids with brain cancer, the deformed babies in Iraq, etc.
The idea that God was so angry at humanity for masturbating and saying “OMFG” that he had to become human and kill himself is just fucking dumb. Also, fuck this God if he’d rather people sit in an ornate building kissing his ass and waving incense around than actually helping their fellow man.
My sister wrote this and it’s 100% correct.