Saturday, April 03, 2010
Sunday Afternoon Tea (a little early)
My ponderings this week have had a great deal to do with Holy Week. I love Easter, it is the perfect combination of Christian holiday and springtime renewal.
Oh, I understand the name Easter has pagan origins and some of my friends use such names as Resurrection Day when talking about it but I long ago decided the pagans can't have the name.
For in my world Easter had nothing to do with paganism and everything to do with the Resurrection of Christ so it was and will always be... Easter.
Now, don't throw stones at me but Christmas has never been as much a spiritual holiday but one centered around home and family and all things that sparkle. Perhaps I feel this way because I wasn't raised in a Christian home? I'm not sure but even as I read scripture in the Advent season, it has none of the deep spiritual meaning I feel at Easter.
I read a very interesting perspective in a book about the Resurrection that helped me understand this a bit. The writer talked about how "the world" could secularize Christmas but never Easter. He felt this had to do with "the world" not being able to wrap its' brain around the idea of the Resurrection.
Yes... that could be it! We all know babies (with little thought to a natural or virgin birth) but few of us have ever met anyone claimed to be raised from the dead.
For that is what it is all about, you know. St. Paul said if the Resurrection is not true then we of all people are without hope. It is because of Christ arising from the dead that I can have my imperfections (ie: sin) washed away. It is His nail scarred hands that hold me close as the world assaults my thinking and the road becomes too difficult to walk at times.
It is in the knowing He has gone before me to prepare a Place, the perfect Place, the Place my heart longs for... that causes me to look past the darkness in this world, knowing it is not my real home. The Resurrection power is that which brings healing to the soul. The Resurrection is the Reason He could take the Keys of the Kingdom back to the Father.
The combination of His Resurrection and the world around me awakening with new life brings both hope and joy to my tired soul.
I pray for all of you a blessed Easter. :)