Sunday, April 08, 2007

Jesus As Easter Bunny

We are far more fortunate than we might realize. I don’t mean having all the latest stuff, computers and things like that. Nor do I mean highways and airplanes and trips to the moon.

Everybody learns how to read. We wish they would learn better and realize how important it is, but at least our literacy rate is high. In the Olde Days, very few people had that ability and they were not the ordinary folks. So, to transmit knowledge, they told stories; to keep it, they used images and icons (especially those you see in the Eastern churches).

Bunnies come out of their ground homes in the early Spring, just around the time we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. They have been used in the Eastern church since ancient days as a reminder of this Christian dogma and have become known to us as the Easter Bunny. It’s not, as some religious people claim, an anti-religious symbol, but something very religious to remind us of the season.

The Easter Egg is a symbol, on the inside, of new life, the new life promised us by the Resurrection. It is an eternal life, symbolized by the outside of the egg which, no matter which way you trace your finger, you never come to an edge or an end.

It’s unfortunate when we lose the meaning behind our symbols. I saw a program about Easter eats and they showed eggs decorated with faces and other non-religious art. Nice, but we aren’t passing on the original religious elements behind them.

2 Comments:

Anonymous RuthC said...

... the Easter Bunny. It’s not, as some religious people claim, an anti-religious symbol, but something very religious to remind us of the season.
I didn't know that. No wonder a local school committee banned the "Easter" Bunny at a school event. Peter Cottontail (or Peter Rabbit, I forget which) was allowed.

April 08, 2007 10:01 PM  
Anonymous maddrummer said...

Once again: THANKS Tom, I didn't know that (or forgot). Keep 'em coming.

April 09, 2007 6:21 PM  

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