For those of the Christian faith, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the fundamental premise of their belief. But Easter Sunday with its message of hope and renewal carries a huge significance for the whole world; all people of goodwill, those of other faiths, of all creeds and races. The story of a dying and resurrecting God is one of the most ancient ideas of mankind. Essentially it represents the cycle of life throughout all its aspects, the constant change that as humans we must face every single day.
For believers worldwide, Christ is the Way and the Truth, consciously embracing voluntary death and rebirth, but for all mankind this symbolises the progress we embrace when we have to confront our demons, move forward and grow despite the horrors we encounter.
To develop spiritually, we must let go. When we fail, as we are wont to do as flesh and blood human beings, we must not let that failure define us. When life’s malevolence strikes, we cannot but wallow in self-pity, but courageously progress forward and rebirth ourselves to a new maturity. This is the spirit of the resurrection, distinctly exemplified by Christ’s acceptance of betrayal by those close to him, the horrors he had to endure and his ultimate Crucifixion, more than two millennia ago. Like Him we must accept our fates, whatever they might be, but also like Him, with his infinite courage and humility, we can all grow and move on to greater things, in our relationships and the way we interact in this world.
Easter means a lot of things to a lot of people, but the central theme is usually the notion of joy, gratitude, forgiveness and rebirth with the family at its core. Summoning all the above may not always be easy; family rifts, relationship breakdowns, jealousy, betrayal, rivalry do not feature anywhere in the sugar-coated commercial Easter tradition, because at the end of the day, this is real life, flawed and utterly imperfect. But it is now the appropriate time to recapture the joy of Easter, the notion of renewal, of death and rebirth through forgiveness and reparation. It is this Holy day which represents the promise of a new life and opportunity, the final victory over evil and is also, in many ways, a metaphor for life.
Easter is the time to be thankful for all our blessings and yes, we have plenty; our health, our children, our family and friends – things we consistently take for granted and seldom give a second thought. Look around you, many have not been so fortunate! It is the time to truly forgive and forget any wrongdoings and let go of the things which have caused us pain and despair; let’s all strive to be better friends, partners, sons or daughters, neighbours or colleagues and remember the Man whose death and resurrection we celebrate and his preaching of kindness, forgiveness and unconditional love.
Let’s rediscover the joy of this special and significant day not in the extra special food, the figolli or Easter eggs, nor in attending our wonderful Holy Week traditions and processions, but the things that will live on in the memory of family friends and loved ones – the joy of simply being together and sharing a peaceful, uncomplicated day, no matter how complicated or painful the circumstances.
So, my message to all our readers, near or far, whatever you do this Holy Week, forgive quick, move on quicker and regardless of faith, irrespective of the many things which divide us, believe that this is the time to recapture the hope that has always sustained human nature and together strive to make this world a much better place for all.
Happy Easter and many blessings to all!