When I checked in at my club yesterday and wished the young man at the desk a Happy Easter he responded,” Yah? That’s the most ridiculous holiday of the year.” If I hadn’t been running late for my tennis match I might have taken the time to enlighten this product of today’s self-absorbed society. I would have tried to explain the complexities of love and faith to this hardened young man, but I doubt he would have listened or understood.
Early America was founded and built by a mixed bag of immigrants who had one common denominator-they were Christians. The Declaration of Independence was written by Christian men and has been called the most perfect governing document ever devised. Christmas and Easter holidays were incorporated from the Old Country not to promote merchant sales and boost the economy, but to preserve tradition and honor God and His son.
The America of today is a far cry from the America of even fifty years ago. Christmas and Easter are commercial holidays that are simply tolerated by many who are of other faiths. There are those who are offended at the religious connotations of the holidays and who are still trying to take the “Christ” out of Christmas (Happy Holidays!) and who have morphed Easter Break into Spring Break and Easter bunnies.
But, there are far more faithful than the media would lead you to believe. What is faith? Faith is the sister of Love. We love, have faith, in our children, our parents our spouses. We love them (have faith in them) regardless of their flaws. We love them through their lies, errors, mistakes. Through sickness, poverty and despair. You see? We have faith they will overcome their faults and failures. That they will prove our love for them isn’t unfounded or wasted.
Faith is the resurrection. Faith is what Easter is all about. It’s the most holy of holies. It’s about Love. It’s about the love of a God who so loved the world that he allowed his beloved son, Jesus, to be crucified. Jesus is love. Jesus brought faith and hope to a sick and weary world. He willingly died for our sins because he was filled with love for humanity. God raised Jesus from the tomb because He had faith this miracle, this sacrifice of all sacrifices, would forever leave an impression in our hearts and upon our souls.
So, young man of the cynical smirk and callous attitude, whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or not, someone died a horrible death for you two thousand years ago. Someone else resurrected a transfigured Christ to leave a door of faith open for you—a door to eternal life. Someone must love you very much indeed.
Do I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ? You bet I do. Through faith-all things are possible.
With love to all in Him and best wishes for peace and happiness this Easter,