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3/30/2013 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: All people can be inspired by rebirth
The Daily Courier

Worldwide, Christians today celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after the Crucifixion. God showed that Jesus was His divine son and, in doing so, gave Christians a new birth. Many Christians will say that Easter Sunday is the most significant time of reflection.

There is a far broader theme of regeneration for us earthly mortals, no matter which faith moves you.

Maundy Thursday, though the ceremonial washing of others' feet, teaches us humility. We all serve one another. The greater our service for one another, the stronger our nourishment.

Good Friday teaches us loss. Traditional celebrations give way to a day of worship services, prayer and contemplative vigils. In some churches, groups recreate Jesus' procession to the Crucifixion by sharing the burden of actually carrying a cross. In today's vernacular, having "a cross to bear" continues to keep alive the belief that there is suffering before salvation.

Easter Sunday teaches rebirth. After 40 days of fasting, prayer and penance, Christians are born anew as the Gospels taught us of Jesus' resurrection.

While the literal story of Jesus' rebirth is retold in Christian churches and homes around the world today, its lessons are for each of us to consider as individuals. Change transforms oneself, and in turn, our surrounding world. Enlightenment is the universal destination.

Easter has a fun element as well. Egg hunts and bunnies are all part of the celebration. (And please don't get kids live rabbits as Easter gifts. It's a novelty that won't last beyond what's fair for the animal.)

But like all important holidays and customs, the deeper meanings of Holy Week are what truly shape us.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013
Article comment by: Jane Rafter

Come again, and hurry up, Jesus, we need you desperately!

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2013
Article comment by: All 4 Liberty

Christ Is Risen!
He is Risen indeed.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

@Hey Rev!

Should I have a them, and still borrowing from JCS, "your words not mine".

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: dog on

Some of you should do a better job of washing your own feet the rest of the year. And I seriously doubt anyone has been fasting for more than 40 minutes much less 40 days. Get out and go for a hike on his fine Spring day.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: There You Go Again

Courier: Where is this kind of talk on your editorial pages the rest of the year? Liberals want us all to come up with our own definition of what is right (bigger government, confiscatory taxes, murder - abortion, etc.). All along the definition of what is right has already been laid out as you show in your own editorial.

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Christ is Risen!

He is Risen, Indeed!!

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Hey, Rev!

"Do you think you are who they say you are?"

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

"One thing I'll say for him, Jesus is cool." Caiaphas - Jesus Christ Superstar

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