As Easter approaches promising a short holiday, and time with
friends and family, often part of us is drawn to the deeper aspects
of what the Easter story is about. Yet as much as we'd like to
connect more deeply with this sacred observance, frequently we're
repelled by the terrible suffering of Jesus. Or we recall our
own religious upbringing and how it failed us, so we discard
the deeper aspects of Easter.
Perhaps this Easter may be a turning point. Perhaps it's time
to revisit our early religious upbringing, to look more profoundly
at those who tried to teach us something more about life. Perhaps
their approach was harsh and unhelpful at times, but perhaps
in hindsight we can see that like us, they were attempting to
extract greater meaning from life, because like us, they knew
that greater meaning was to be had there. As we reflect on this,
perhaps it's time to forgive these individuals, to hold their
memory in the Light of goodness, and allow all that was unhelpful
to dissolve in the beauty of what ultimately they were trying
to achieve. In this moment perhaps we can find it in our hearts
to ask that each of these individuals may be at peace and be
happy, and that they too may find realisation.
Then as our thoughts deepen, perhaps it's time to turn our attention
to the Master Jesus - not simply as a man at the centre of the
dramatic Easter story - but as a great being of Light, who not
only changed those He came into contact with, but countless millions
the world over. Whose very Light shines today throughout the
Universe, teaching us the power of wisdom, goodness, and truth.
While it is good to honour Master Jesus for being willing to
submit to dying on the cross, He asks that we remember that this
was not the end of His story.
The Master Jesus shows us how to walk through life with grace,
strength and clarity. When we ask, He will walk with us, He will
protect and provide a healing hand, but He cannot make our journey
for us. In declaring I AM the Way, the Truth and the Light, He
was not asking that we slavishly follow everything He said, but
that we make a deep inner connection with the I AM of God within,
and walk accordingly. The Master Jesus invites us to live in
the magnificence of our own God presence - a presence
we often fear. As Nelson Mandela rightly pointed out - it is
our Light not our darkness we fear.
This Easter you are being invited to deepen your acquaintance
with the Master Jesus - He holds His healing hand out to you
in this moment, offering you the gifts of greater Illumination,
and a much richer sense of Life, the experience of greater Love.
As you make deeper contact with Him and with your own I AM presence
within, may this Easter be like no other.