Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Life Journey Called Easter

From Palm to Easter Sunday, the past week is probably the most significant in most of the different church calendars. 

As a Catholic, one cannot help to be emotionally moved when entering a well-lighted church on a Holy Thursday evening and after the main service, the lights of the church are suddenly darkened in honoring the crucifixion, which occurred the next day.  

I was amused by the CNN story entitled, The Jesus Debate:  Man or Myth.                                    .  

Guess I sometimes just shrug my shoulders in amusement as there are many people still trying to disprove the existence of Jesus Christ.  Perhaps these researchers are so angry about their own spiritual upbringing or lack of a spiritual foundation they need to find some thing to do to justify their feelings. 

I really don’t know.  However, I do relate as I was once  a person who over analyzed the existence of Christ and his significance in the world.  Then  one day,  I just quite analyzing.  Some events are just too big for my small mind to comprehend.

Regardless if you believe in Christ actually being

  • the Savior
  • the Son of God
  • a Great Prophet
  • a Philosopher
  • a Holy Man
  • All of the Above
  • Some of the Above

Confidently, I do know, the man did exist and his teachings have been very significant in the development of today’s world. 

One can correctly argue that the spread of Christianity has often times historically been a bloody event.  Yet, Christ preached the simplest of lessons on how to live, serve God, and assist our fellow men.  Violence was never part of his message. 

The message became distorted when seized upon by leaders who chose to mold the message to meet their own selfish needs.  

Rather than over analyzing Christ’s life, perhaps we should use Easter as a time to reflect on our own mortality, the possibility of a resurrection, and the very need to continue to help our fellow human beings out. 

Presbyterian Church of the Roses interim pastor Renee Rico noted that  “Easter is about a journey not a day. . . (Easter) is  an invitation to a different quality of life, it's a journey. We're invited to be on this journey of Easter.”  

I like her depiction of Easter as being a journey.

So, I hope you all have a great Easter and Life Journey.

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