But it also goes back to the Bible, commemorating, among others, the sin of the golden calf.
Father Costantino spoke in his sermon of the need to shun false idols such as the golden calf of scripture.
Independence may well be the modern day golden calf to which far too many of us bow down and worship.
An idol that the Israelites made during the Exodus. While God was giving Moses the Ten Commandments and other provisions of the Mosaic law on Mount Sinai, the people whom Moses was leading to the Promised Land melted down their gold jewelry and ornaments and built a golden calf, which they began to worship. Moses came down from the mountain carrying two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written; when he saw the calf, he smashed the tablets and made the people destroy the idol.
Note: By extension, a “golden calf” is any false god or anything worshiped undeservedly.
(Ex. 32:4,8; Deut. 9:16; Neh. 9:18). This was a molten image of a calf which the idolatrous Israelites formed at Sinai. This symbol was borrowed from the custom of the Egyptians. It was destroyed at the command of Moses (Ex. 32:20). (See AARON ØT0000002; MOSES.)