I thought I’d take a break from the usual music and film writings to talk about Easter and what it means to me. The joy of eating chocolate eggs is not really the point, though I admit my family used to hide smalls eggs in the garden which was fun.
I rarely go to Church yet I try and be kind towards others. While miracles are hard to rationalize with today’s science, I appreciate the importance of the resurrection as an allegory. Jesus is an inspiring example to all for his forgiveness of those who wronged him. He suffered on the cross, but had the strength to forgive. We need more anti-violence in the face of adversity and he personifies that image.
The Easter story can be a comfort to isolated inmates at this time of year, the depth of God’s mercy reaches those who have despaired of ever finding redemption. Jesus is ready to accept them despite their mistakes and hopefully in time the inmates (or anyone) can forgive themselves.
Jesus’ forgiveness of “the kiss of Judas” and his murderers reminds us that we can forgive others too, even those who betrayed us. And that we should try and tolerate rather than dismiss someone who is different. The fish-man in The Shape of Water (2017) could be compared to Jesus, both persecuted and misunderstood.
To return to the chocolate eggs I mentioned, it isn’t about the chocolate (okay I like chocolate), but about what it represents as new beginnings and new life. I’m in no way an expert on religion so maybe you have a better understanding of Easter. I didn’t even go into The Last Supper which is also part of the story where Jesus predicts his betrayal by one of the Apostles. In fact you could say God “planned” the series of events so we could have this story to learn from in future. It’s said his dying was Jesus’ reason for living on earth.
Lastly, Happy Easter!
How do you celebrate Easter, and what message(s) do you take from the story of the resurrection?
ps Back to regular posting in a few days.