Happy Easter everyone. I hope that you all have a lovely day. Whether that be stuffing yourself silly with chocolate, eating the odd hot cross bun or perhaps munching on some roast lamb whilst sipping a nice glass of red wine. I hope that you manage to spend it with your loved ones and that you have a wonderful day together.
Easter might be a Christian festival but I believe that it is a festival that unites everyone regardless of their beliefs. It might also have become very commercialised with the chocolate eggs that now seem to hit our shops as soon as Christmas has finished. But it also a celebration that brings whole families and communities together. Whether it be sitting down as a family to eat Sunday lunch or coming together as a community for an Easter egg hunt. It still remains one of the only days of the year where everyone comes together and focuses on the positives. In the wake of Brussels this holiday seems more poignant than ever. Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We don’t need to be Christian to appreciate that the story behind Easter is an inspiring one. The story of promise and of new life.
Last Friday’s Radio 2 pause for thought was rather thought provoking. The lady spoke about how Easter eggs with their elaborate and glitzy wrappings promise so much but when opened they are disappointing. The hollow egg with a few eggs rattling around is always a let down. Let’s face it she has a point. How many times have we spent a fortune on a Easter egg seduced by its decadent wrapping. Every time the exterior of the egg promises so much, only for its interior to be vacuous. The woman then went onto say that she couldn’t help but feel that a world of shiny Easter eggs with its empty insides was the opposite of what Easter is really about. She is right, if anything the Easter eggs are now a metaphor for our sometimes very broken society. It can feel like we are all about style over substance. Easter and the true message of (any) religion is about caring for everyone; the old, the young, the homeless, the needy and the frail. As a society we need to be looking out for one another and we need to unite. Now more than ever we need to be people of substance. We need to be helping one another, especially in the wake of terriorist attacks that only serve to remind us how fractured our society has become.
So today take a moment to remember the true meaning of Easter. Put the Easter eggs aside and remember those less fortunate than us. Take a moment to really embrace time with your family or time with your friends and never forget how lucky we are.
Happy Easter, I hope that you have an eggcellent day!