Easter is a very reflective time for me. I reflect on the life of Christ and the many other great sages and spiritual masters who have enlightened us but they also endured much suffering. They held on to their faith in their darkest moments.
What I have learnt is that suffering is a part of our life journey. We cannot live a lifetime without suffering. Bob Marley, our famous Reggae artist said, “Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”
Our ability to put our suffering into perspective is the key to getting us through those dark moments. The following words which Christ uttered during his most difficult suffering on the cross, keeps me grounded when I go through my personal challenges.
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Gospel of Luke 23:34
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Gospel of Luke 23:43
“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” Gospel of John 19:26-27
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Gospel of Luke 23:46
Sometimes, our faith is all that keeps us anchored in sanity, regardless of our religion. I seek only to be more Christ-like, more Budha-like, more God-like. At the end of it all, our behaviour towards each other is the truest reflection of the emotions which are held deep within us. I pray, for you and I, that this emotion will always be love, in the most sacred and purest form.
May you have a blessed Easter Celebration.