Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rituals

This is the planting season, the time when annuals poke their heads out of the earth and reach for sunlight, when farmers plant their early crops, when the spring rituals of Pesach and Easter arrive.

Rituals are comforting.  They help us measure the passing of time in ways that encourage us to move on and grow.  These two in particular are stories of passage and creation.  Pesach (Passover) celebrates the creation of Judaism as a religion under the guidance of Moses, Easter the creation of Christianity by the disciples of the slain teacher Jesus a few millennia later.  Both rituals speak to us of newness, of growth, of putting darkness behind us; much as spring signals the end of winter's darkness.

Enough philosophizing!  Happy spring everyone!

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