By: Joe Mauricio
For millions of Christians around the world, Easter is a time to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection. For millions of Jews, Passover represents the celebration of the release of the Israelites from the Egyptian pharoahs. For some, it is a moment for the Easter Bunny which, upon first inspection, seems like it might well have been created by an advertising agency.
Oddly, the Easter bunny originated among German Lutherans in 1860’s. The delivery of dyed eggs by the said bunny was a ritual for children that spread to other religious groups, such as, Eastern Orthodox church, whose members dyed their eggs blood red to signify Christ’s crucifixion. At the Passover seder, there is a roasted egg on the plate signifying renewal as well.
If you don’t have a particular bunny in the race, Easter Sunday is a time for family gatherings and time to recognize the renewal of spring. Renewal is a funny thing, sometimes like the seasons; it is immutable law, part of nature’s cycle. Other times, there is no renewal at all.
Things happen, good or bad. That’s it, and there’s no reset. It is a hard fact.
The ideal of Easter for many people is to merely contemplate the moment, whether it is religious in nature or not. Maybe you go to church every Sunday. Maybe you go to church only on Easter Sunday. Maybe you don’t go to church at all, or maybe you belong to a Judeo-Christian religion. No matter. The contemplation of renewal is a useful exercise for the religious moment.
Consider this moment in history; we have the smartest technology, but we cannot stop killing each other, often with terrible efficiency. We have the greatest health care, but we cannot provide it to everyone. We have the greatest communication systems, and we fritter it away on trivia. We have the greatest food production system, and millions of bellies are wanting. We have the greatest transportation system, but we cannot get there from here.
And yet, we always have the hope for renewal.
In nature, renewal is mostly automatic. In humanity, renewal requires sacrifice or hard work, or a promise to do so.
In some ways, humanity can renew itself, at least temporarily. In this Easter and Passover moment, let us consider our own moment/ s of renewal, whatever it may be.
Happy Easter (renewal) to all!## JOE MAURICIO