April 16, 2017, Prescott-
Today, nearly a billion people, around the world, commemorated the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Many combine the sacred with the whimsical, filling baskets with candy of all sorts, making Easter the second most popular candy-eating holiday, after Halloween. Others leave out the sacred, altogether, thus making Easter little different from the Feast of All Hallows.
Christ overlooked the faults of others, save the Pharisees, whom He scolded and the merchants in the Temple, whom He chastised more forcefully. He was far kinder to those who committed indiscretions of the heart.
The lesson I get from this, and from His very resurrection, is that the human spirit is capable of enormous resilience. We fall down and hurt others, either physically or emotionally, yet some of these same people could very well return to at least a modicum of friendship, over time, if we ourselves recover our moral bearings.
Christ was not only saving us, by His sacrifice. He was also showing us, how we might save ourselves, albeit by less supreme means. Each of us can arise, in our own way, through adhering to the Golden Rule and by making amends, for wrongs that we have done to others.
As a Baha’i, I revere Christ as Messenger of God and Supreme Teacher. Accordingly, I know that it’s my bounden duty to serve others, both to make amends for what I’ve done wrong in this life, and out of love for them. Love is the basis for everything the Messengers of God, from Adam to Baha’u’llah, have taught us, over the millennia. Yesterday, I had the bounty of visiting several people, at the Native American Baha’i Institute of Learning (at Houck,AZ) , in the Hopi village of Polacca and in the small Verde Valley town of Rimrock, where a longtime friend is in the fight of his life, against a crippling disease. What I went to impart, was a very simple message: Your life matters.
Christ said this, repeatedly, 2000 years ago. Baha’u’llah said this, repeatedly, 164 years ago. Both gave us the admonition to say this to one another. Both gave us the bidding to arise, to lift ourselves, and one another, out of despair and trouble. That is the message I get from Easter.