Happy Easter, too

While I did not grow up Catholic, my best friend did. So, one of our rituals that lasted about ten years was going to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. One of the traditions of that mass was the Father would also wish Happy Easter, as he knew he would not see more than a few parishioners until next Christmas.

While fewer people are church goers than before and some check the box “none” when surveyed, Christmas remains an important holiday for the promise it brings. Whether you believe that Jesus is the son of God, there was a man by this name who walked the earth and spoke to gatherings of people of all sizes. He reminded us of four key themes among his many parables and lessons. And, these themes can be found in other religious texts.

– Treat others like you want to be treated.

– Help people less fortunate than you.

– Recognize each of us is imperfect.

– Forgive those who trespass against us.

To me, if we live our lives doing our best to remember these four things, Jesus’ words will help us be better people. And, if enough of us do this, the world just might be a better place.

 

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33 thoughts on “Happy Easter, too

  1. Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, and few have any real ties to the Church these days, it is good to remind ourselves that around this day over 2000 years ago a bright light shone in the darkness. It brought a message of love for one’s fellow humans, though that message has been garbled in the translation over the years and seems to have been lost on many of those among us who should hold it closest to their hearts.

    • Thanks Hugh. Watching this documentary made me reflect, there was this man who did walk the earth and speak to people. I hate to say preach, as he was more of a teacher. Peace be with you.

  2. I actually try to live by those four advices without really knowing about them as “rules”. It’s four very good thoughts and they gives lots in return if you follow the thoughts.

  3. Dear Keith,

    I have always wanted to believe that if one followed those 4 basic rules that you mentioned, that such as person would be considered a follower of Jesus Christ in his or her heart even if he/ she lives in Timbuktu and has never heard of Him.

    We are all “Works in Progress” who are constantly in need of forgiveness. Humility seems to be another common trait.

    Merry Christmas, Gronda

    • Gronda, we are indeed works in progress and that humility would serve us well. Regarding your Timbuktu line, Gandhi once said I love Jesus, it is just Christians I have concerns about. I took this to mean we did not live up his standards and were less tolerant of others than we should be. Merry Christmas my friend. I have enjoyed getting to know you this year. Keith

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