Happy Easter 2011 to our Christian readers here at Nobody’s View. Welcome to a new season of Spring and rebirth.
I also hope you had a good Lenten season (the forty day period of repentance between Ash Wednesday and Easter when a Christian prepares himself or herself for the celebration of Holy Week, which incorporates the events of the Passion of the Christ, including Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection).
I’m sure it goes without saying that many of you, of all religions, had a good Mardi Gras (the famous Tuesday before Lent when many are to use up butter and meat — giving it the esteemed title of “Fat Tuesday.”) We don’t need to go into details about this particular celebration, although I’m sure your memories will last a lifetime!
Easter itself is the commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection. It likely has origin in the Jewish Passover season (the time commemorating the Jewish Exodus from Egyptian bondage), but Christians regard the Easter season as a time to remember Jesus’ return.
Nowadays, like so many other things in modern times, Easter is largely associated with a certain bunny, delicious candies (like Cadbury’s amazing Creme Eggs and those…interesting little Peeps), and Easter egg hunts. These are all fine and good (some really good), but there is something else lingering behind the commercial, and even the religious, meaning of the Easter 2011 holiday.
Consider the theme of resurrection. No matter your views on the theological points of the Easter holiday, resurrection is something worth considering. The term connotes a revival or a rebirth of sorts. It’s not just a theme for Christ (although he made it famous in its most spiritual and material senses), but for all of us.
Whatever your religious persuasion (or lack thereof) there is always time to reflect on life and goals — life and goals that often lay dormant or dead in the tombs of our very selves. Is there a book idea gathering dust in your brain? A class you’ve been putting off? Isn’t it about time you learned the waltz? Maybe there is a religious, spiritual, or domestic practice you want to take up or resurrect — going to church more often, confession for the first time this year, a yogic discipline, more walks with your dog, more time with your kids, more volunteer work, more Torah study, a reading of the Chuang Tzu (a book of Taoism).
Let’s spend a little less time concerned with the religious lines that divide us and a little more time taking some meaning from seasons that may, or may not be, our own.
For my (practicing) Christian readers, again, happy Easter 2011. Enjoy your Easter celebrations and have a Cadbury Creme Egg for me. For my readers of different persuasions, happy Easter 2011. Consider resurrecting something wonderful in your life.