opening words from Easter.


The following is extracted from a 2001 Easter sermon by the Reverend Michael McGee adapted from a story by Jim Wallace. Then re-adapted by me.

A group of friends of various Faith Traditions were in a coffee shop discussing the true meaning of Easter one day when the Baptist said:

“I believe we place too much emphasis on chocolate bunnies, colored rabbits and Easter eggs instead of the spiritual aspects, which is the real meaning of Easter” said the Baptist.
“Me too” said the Methodist.
“Me too,” said the Lutheran.
“Me too,” said the Catholic.
–And the Unitarian Universalist was silent.

“I believe the real meaning of Easter is that Christ died on the Cross for our sins,” said the Methodist.
“Me too,” said the Lutheran.
“Me too,” said the Baptist.
“Me too,” said the catholic
–And the UU was silent.

“I believe the real meaning of Easter is the Resurrection of Jesus ” said the Lutheran.
“Me too,” said the Methodist.
“Me too,” said the Baptist.
“Me too,” said the Catholic.
–And the UU was silent.

The group then turned to their UU friend,

whom they all recognized as a little strange

and said,

“Your silence is a mystery to us. Just what do you believe as a Unitarian Universalist is the real meaning of Easter?”

The UU … said:

“I believe the real meaning of Easter is the appreciation of life’s renewing cycles and, that for all things there is a season.

I believe the real meaning of Easter is the acknowledgment, with its accompanying sadness, of a very human Jesus who was forced to die on the Cross because of his liberal religious views and beliefs.

But most important of all
I believe the real meaning of Easter is the Celebration of Thanksgiving for the presence of the sacred in each and every living person and thing;

for the presence of the sacred in the birds that sing;

for the presence of the sacred in the flowers which sway

and the grasses which rustle in the gentle breezes of spring.

This is what I believe is the real meaning of Easter,” said the UU
“Me too,” sang the birds.
“Me too,” waved the flowers.
“Me too,” rustled the grasses.
“Me too,” sighed the wind. — And all the rest were silent.

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