It’s Easter Sunday. We have gone through Holy Week as presented to us via “The Last Week – What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem” by Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan.
And for the most part, that was a bit of history with explanation of the customs of the time to aid us in understanding the politics that was underlining the choices made by those in control as well as Jesus’ choice, to follow God’s will.
From what I recall of my upbringing in the Methodist church, the story wasn’t much different except for the back story for better understanding of what happened and why. As I recall, sitting in the pews with my Aunt & Uncle, cousins and brothers, we only heard of Jesus’ plight and the judgment of the Jewish and Roman officials, and that he died for our sins.
But what does it all mean to us today?
Well, today, that question may have a different answer than maybe last Easter Sunday if we would have asked it then.
Today, with our concerns about getting sick and keeping ourselves and our families and friends safe, we may have a different answer to that question; what does it mean?
Take a minute…think about that question from a year ago and again, now. What would be your answer to each timeline?
I could present the possibility that there would be a difference now. But in reality, there is no difference if we are a follower of Jesus’ teachings: Jesus taught that all people are created by God and have the potential for spiritual perfection. Think about just a few of his statements: “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’?” (John 10:34). “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48 RSV). “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father” (John 14:12 RSV).
These are some examples of Jesus’ teachings and mission. Jesus showed each of us that we have God’s perfection within us, not just that God could create one perfect man.
To transform our lives, we must seek the inner significance of Easter. Easter is a time for going within. It is a time for thanksgiving, that we have faith to believe without seeing. We are not doubting Thomas’s, needing to see the sores where the nails entered or where the sword pierced Jesus’ side.
Our faith is much stronger than that.
And that is why, no matter what, we have faith that all will be well, that as we do our part and find our true selves within, nothing can stand in our way of transformation.
Yes, Easter is a day reminding us that we can transform ourselves into the brothers and sisters of Jesus and follow his way. His teachings showed us that this Easter Sunday and every Easter Sunday from the time of his resurrection, that we are not just these physical bodies, we are Spirit, we are Souls, living on and on with our Creator.
And THAT is what Unity teaches us, reminds us to never doubt that we are never alone, we are always just a prayer away from feeling that love, that wholeness that we all long for.
And so, let’s take that into meditation, and connect with our inner source and feel that oneness that we all are capable of and with that, we know we are One with the whole Universe, with the multiverse, and that we can overcome any and all things, if we so desire by placing our faith in God and believing those that are placed on the Earth to show us the way…some are teachers and ministers, but some are doctors and nurses too. Some are leaders who are listening to their hearts, not their egos. And some are our children, saying something so simple that we are astounded…think of those things…