Pesach and Easter

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A time of reflection – to deepen faith; a time of redemption – to deepen faith; a time of renewal – to deepen faith.

A time of ‘looking back to the going forward’. Pesach commemorates the Exodus (Greek: going out, 2nd book of the Bible), from Egypt. A time to look back to the 400 years of slavery, and Moses’ leading the children of Israel to the land God had promised on oath to Abraham. Their homes were passed-over when Pharoah ordered the slaying of all first borns.  Joyfully celebrated, in remembrance of the fulfilment of God’s promise of reaching the Promised Land, in spite of trials and tribulations.

Had the Passover not happened, we would not have had the birth of the carpenter from Nazareth. We would not have had His extraordinary teachings applicable to every human, of religious feeling or not, many times told in parable form. Every word, every setting, every moment, is painfully poignant. They are of psychological meaning. The gospels, also, are succour to my soul as I enter the story and feel it, challenged, speaking directly to my psyche.

 I celebrate Easter as a remembrance of His Life and message. For His unconditional Love, for sacrificing His own life so that our sins be forgiven and arising again, and again as we do even among these very difficult times we live in. His poetic justice; His showing us that the spirit alone is of value; His love for the sinner who repented.sunrise

For all, my Chag Sameach good wishes to you, to Christians too who celebrate this time, to all of any persuasion of good will, may this be a time of reflection, redemption, renewal.

31 Comments on Pesach and Easter

    • Thank you Elaine, Spring blessings to you! We’re going into Autumn ..

      I’ve just responded to your last comment on theme reveal, but did not ‘stack’ it properly. Please will you have a look …

  1. Susan – this is SO beautifully written and heartfelt. “a carpenter from Nazareth” puts it all in perspective. We all are humble, inconsequential creatures – any one of whom can impact the world in unforeseen and much needed ways. It begins with person-to-person kindness and forgiveness.

    • Thank you Sammy D for your reflections on this, a wonderful reminder of simple kindness to all creatures and forgiveness, perhaps firstly to ourselves?

      A Blessed Easter to you and family xx

  2. I’m a big fan of taking a metaphorical look at holidays and observances throughout the year. Particularly when then take a spiritual outlook. Thanks for this post!

  3. I sure wish people would remember the part about “unconditional love!” There is so much trauma happening here in the states around the gay, lesbian issue… claiming that God would not approve. I love God, but I fear what people are doing to the subject of religion.

    • It seems ‘religion’ will always be the centre piece of wars when it comes solely from dogma Gwynn sad to say. Dogma has its place but it too one-sided and abused. Perhaps when we come from a position of loving ourselves unconditionally, we can love others unconditionally too – I think it starts from ourselves.
      Thank you for your comment dear Gwynn.

  4. Hi Susan – I waver .. but get succour from the Church – I learnt a lot in my mother’s last years … I love the learning of others’ ideas and thoughts, as too the traditional ways … it’s that time of year …

    Thanks for the thoughts re blogs and commenting … cheers Hilary

  5. This season we think about God having graced us with the capacity to appreciate and reflect on the Miracle of Being.

    The Old Testament reminds people of Jews who were slaves in the Land of Egypt. The New Testament provides riches about moral behavior, and in this season people of good will are inspired about renewing their efforts. Thanks are given to the Holy Man from Nazareth who led a path to brotherhood and kindliness.

  6. Happy Easter, Susan, or whatever you might choose to celebrate this time of year. I too love the Bible and spirituality, often learning more when I open my heart to God, inviting Him in and cherishing how much He loves me. He’s my friend and though I do identify with an organized religion, I’m also very aware of the boundless spirit, a spirit destined to love and be loved, that is nothing less than a gift to each one of us in this world. God is great all the time. All the time God is great!

    • Thank you M.J. Happy Easter to you or Pesach or whatever this long weekend means to you. Always a time of reflection, opening, receiving the gift, being the gift in whatever way we can ..kindness, thoughtfulness …

  7. I am not a believer, but I love our family traditions at Passover. Spring is definitely a time of birth and renewal. All the best to you and yours as you celebrate Easter.

  8. p.s. I like that you have a ‘home’ button at the top. A lot of WordPress blogs do not and I find it so frustrating. Since I can’t follow via a blogger ‘friends gadget’ I simply paste your address into my feedly.com list. Maybe other WordPress bloggers reading this will take note. Another frustration point is finding where to comment. Yours was simple to find. Others make commenting difficult. I’m all for making blogging as fluid and simple as possible.

    • Thanks Sharon … I’ve learned something now – about that feedly.com list. I’ll investigate further. My son designed my blog – I am clueless about it all. Thanks for your encouraging comments about the ease of it!

  9. Hi. Love this post. The big drawback to the a-z is Easter tends to get lost in the shuffle. But I do look forward to your posts starting tomorrow. Thanks for mentioning how to subscribe via email at my blog. Had an email gadget at one time. It’s there now!

    • Thanks Sharon, I look forward to yours. Good luck! Yes Easter and Pesach can get lost in the A-Z shuffle… which is why I put mine up today.

  10. The message of Easter: redemption and renewal. Praise to the Risen Lord and to all the symbols of rebirth and remembrance that you mention here.

  11. Thank you Philippa for commenting – and the powerful quote.

    Remembering is essential don’t you think? Re-membering: putting the pieces back together again. And pointing – I’d love some pointers along this tricky path.

  12. You have a finger on the traditional pulse, from solstices to the evocation of myth, the cycles of renewal ( and sometimes renewed belief), Holy Week and making whole. Came upon a quote today: ‘If you cannot reach the goal, don’t change the goal, change the steps towards it’ ( probably Chopra)

    Is simply remembering and pointing a kind of stepping?

    • Thank you Philippa for commenting. And the powerful quote.

      Remembering is essential don’t you think? Re-membering: putting the pieces back together again. And pointing – I’d love some pointers along this trick path.

  13. Dear Susan;
    You are so right–we all have ceremonies for celebrating spring, renewal and hope. It is so needed in a world fraught with fractions and dissent. Can we come together? That is what this time poses for us to ponder…
    Susan

  14. Such powerfully iconic events, images and words, still applying, the Exodus, The Promised Land. Forever steps in evolution, involution, though not likely to bring solutions, definitely a renewal of faith in the human capacity for insight wisdom and transcendence into a new spring, and yes, may it be a time for reflection, redemption, renewal.

    • Thank you Ashen, a beautiful response – may our capacity and faith in ‘insight wisdom and transcendence’ bring forth those steps …

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