Happy Good Friday, Modern Philosophers!
Back in the day, this meant a day off from Catholic school. In the adult world, however, it was just another $%!##& day at work.
Oh well. Just because there’s a “Good” in the name, doesn’t mean the Friday has to live up to the title.
But the work week is over, and now I can slip into one of my weekend togas and get some writing done. As I posted earlier on Facebook, writing will always be my safe place and I can flee there whenever life is a drag.
Besides, it’s Easter weekend. If ever my horrible life is going to rise from the dead to become something bigger and better, this is the time.
So join me in the Friday Night Think Tank to celebrate the weekend and get some Deep Thoughts flowing. This will help you unwind and give the Easter Bunny some time to case your house to figure out the best point of entry for tomorrow’s visit.
This week’s topic: What would Jesus think of what Easter has become?
I went to Catholic school and was raised by an overly Catholic stepmother, so Easter was all about Jesus’ Resurrection, Easter Sunday Mass, dressing up nice, giving up something for Lent, and never eating meat on Fridays during Lent.
Of course, there was still an Easter basket filled with candy waiting for me on Sunday morning, but the main focus was on religion and spending time with family.
I think Jesus would’ve been very pleased with this version of Easter, and felt that the celebration of His rising from the dead was being handled appropriately.
However, a lot has changed since I was a youngster in an ill fitting Easter suit longing to get at his chocolate bunny while sitting through an incredibly long Easter Sunday Mass.
Now Easter is all about candy and baskets piled high with sweets and toys. Kids demand pet rabbits and baby chicks. More time is spent hunting for eggs than searching for an empty pew in church.
If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say more kids could pick the Easter Bunny out of a lineup than they could Jesus. Not that Jesus would ever be in a police lineup.
Plus, I’m sure that when you ask kids about Easter, they’d tell you the holiday is about the Easter Bunny, Easter Baskets, Easter Eggs, and Easter Candy. I’m not even sure if Jesus and his Resurrection would get a mention.
So I think Jesus would be disappointed in what Easter has become, but He’d also be happy that Easter was still included with the major holidays. After all, He’s already used to His birthday being more about Santa Claus, snow, and presents than about Him.
I also think Jesus would get a kick out of how popular the Zombie genre has become, and would remind people that He rose from the dead long before any character from The Walking Dead ever did.
Regardless of how you decide to celebrate the holiday, I hope you have a Happy Easter!
You don’t need to bring me an Easter basket. Just follow me on my blog and on Pinterest, and I’ll be happy!
I grew up in an Orthodox family, and honestly, though the Easter bunny has nothing to do with the religion, I’d prefer that, to staying in the church all night long and singing weird songs.
Chocolate is tempting…
And that has been the predicament of Holy Days all over the planet. Youngsters also prefer taking lots of selfies at these occasions. Wish you a Happy Easter!
it is all what we teach them…
I’m with you on the zombie thing. I think Jesus would have a pretty sharp sense of humor. In general, I think all holidays have become an odd way to compete with others. My easter basket had a few plastic eggs with jelly beans in them, a chocolate bunny, and maybe a stuffed animal. It was simple and I loved it. It’s no longer simple. Now we have to go on Pinterest and make THE BEST EASTER BASKET EVER and then post a million pics on social media to prove what great and innovative parents we are. Blech.
Good luck with that basket! 🙂
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The Gospel of Matthew says that when Jesus died the bodies of many holy people were resurrected and after Jesus resurrection they appeared to many people. I had never really ‘heard’ that until this year when it was read at our Good Friday service. Yes, Jesus was the first zombie but led an entire crowd of them! Seems like this should have gotten a bigger mention in the story, don’t you think?
So The Walking Dead stole the idea from the Bible??? 🙂
Yes, read it. Chapter 27 starting with verse 51. As many times as I’ve read it this year was the first time I ‘heard’ this passage.
Ecclesiastes is right, there is nothing new under this sun.
I’ve never met this Ecclesiastes dude, but he sounds smart. 🙂