Today is a very important day in the Christian calendar. In fact in my mind it is the most important day because Jesus died and then rose again. There is a film called ‘The Passion of the Christ’ which shows the pain and agony of the crucifixion.
So why is the crucifixion so important? And what does it teach us about hope?
The death of Jesus offers us hope of eternal life. And the cross is a symbol that death brings life. So let’s explore this more.
In this awful pandemic, there have been stories of people laying down their lives for others, such as the priest who gave his ventilator to be used by someone else and the older person who gave their ventilator for a younger person. Both gave their lives. The prime minister has laid down his life for his country. And so have doctors, care workers and social workers.
So out of laying down life something beautiful is emerging around the world. It is called selflessness. People are doing acts of kindness for one another and showing us that laying down our life in many ways, whether it is going the extra mile and giving toilet rolls to someone else, or food to our neighbours is beautiful. We are changing. A few eeks ago celebrities dominated the news and now the heroes are the doctors and nurses and the survivors of coronavirus.
I am so relieved that the pendulum has swung from the competitive side of who looks most gorgeous on social media and actually now ranks kindness and compassion as right up there. And I hope when the bell curve flattens on this pandemic, as it inevitably will and we all come out of hibernation, that a new world of selfless compassionate people will be born.
So today’s recipe of hope is to consider what laying down one’s life means. Even if you have no religious faith, I would suggest reading about Jesus death on the cross, because it is beautiful and humbling.
I wish everyone a blessed Easter X