Sacrifice, Resurrection, and Liberation
People all over the globe are celebrating the Holy holidays of Easter and Passover this week. Celebrations of Sacrifice, Resurrection, and Liberation from oppression.
Today in the spring of 2021 we have had a year of opportunities to experience sacrifice, haven’t we? Practically everyone on the planet, regardless of their religious/political/economic, or cultural beliefs has sacrificed in some way.
A sacrifice is a loss or something you give up, usually for the sake of a better cause. Most of us have sacrificed our normal ways of life by staying home and social distancing this year. We have felt the loneliness and isolation of this sacrifice done for the greater good.
There continues to be uncertainty about the future, and frustration about what’s next. But if we step back and look to our ancestors, those who have gone before us, human beings have always made sacrifices for a better life and a better world. Generation after generation, sacrifices made have been made in hopes of renewal.
With all the vaccinations being given we are almost at the point of liberation from Covid restrictions. Renewal and resurrection is the act of restoring something to a satisfactory state and we are nearly there. It doesn’t mean going back to exactly the way it was is it a rebirth from the old.
This resurrection fern on a tree limb in my yard BEFORE it rains, looking dead and hopeless.
This is resurrection fern after it rains when it comes back to life.
Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the 3rd day after his crucifixion. Marianne Williamson said: "Think of everything you've ever experienced that was painful; that's the meaning of Good Friday. Think of all the ways that love ultimately healed your heart; that's the meaning of Easter."
In Judaism, Passover is the holiday commemorating the Hebrews' liberation from slavery in Egypt and the “passing over” of the forces of destruction. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said "freedom is not simply the ability to choose to do whatever we like so long as we do not harm others. It is born in the sense of solidarity that leads those who have more than they need, to share with those who have less.”
Love breeds love, faith breeds faith, generosity breeds generosity. May we each do our part to make a better world for our future generations while honoring our past generations.
Wishing you and your loved ones Joy and Happiness this Easter and Passover.
Love and Light
Don't forget to breathe...
photo by Patti Moore