When I look back to myself being questioned on stage during my high school’s beauty pageant in 2002, I see myself answering the question, “What is your favorite holiday?”
As clear as day, I remember myself saying Easter. Of course, my answer along my speech on the limitations of communications technology in making deep personal connections probably went over the judges’ heads. However, I meant every word I said on that stage. There’s a redemptive quality about Easter that I love and how it warrants a sort of meditation on our way of being.
I know during Easter many people prefer to bicker and squabble over who Jesus really was, and where all of these traditions really come from, and why we hide eggs and all of these pointless subjects that never gets anyone anywhere, nor changes our seemingly set in stone opinions on the way the world works.
Although, that’s what Easter is all about – to get us to take a step back and look at our attachments to our ideas on how the world works, the offenses and grudges we hold onto, and how we avoid and crucify good people for making us see our lives and ourselves in a completely different way. Easter is about the truth – it’s about this truth that just is: the truth about ourselves, our lives, and our very existence. Easter, for me, awakens me and opens my eyes towards the truth, to see my ephemeral nature and look at it in wonder.
“Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4 – Jesus Christ
Even if we see a truth that incites pain, we are saved by grace and love. The redemptive qualities of grace and love allow us to move on, in an awakened state, so that we may transform ourselves, our lives, and the world around us.
The great teacher, Jesus Christ, taught me that we can overlook – nay, see past and understand – the offenses laid upon us by others, the pain inflicted because of man’s attachment to his earthly ways such as the thirst for power, quest for control, attachment to material things, and defenses of the ego. All the while, we choose to forsake our fellow man, the balance of nature, and our remembrance of our divine nature.
Thank’s to Christ’s love and courageous sacrifice I have learned that we, too, can overcome our earthly attachments in order to fulfill our life’s purpose, reconnect with the divine, and manifest great things in our short lives.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke, 6:45 – Jesus Christ
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