Thought for the month
Thought for Easter
Recently one of my daughters treated me to a night at the theatre where we saw a wonderful production of Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus. A tale of one man, Salieri’s jealousy of the talent of another, Mozart. An evil jealousy that in the play results in the death of Mozart and the success of Salieri. Both characters are drawn larger than life – Salieri full of cunning, Mozart portrayed as infantile and hyperactive. The music alone transcends them both and lives on despite them.
For me it was a beautiful and apt metaphor of my Christian faith. By that I mean the wonder of God’s love, which like Mozart’s sublime music, transcends all our human ways.
Here we are, just like Salieri and Mozart, sometimes good and sometimes rubbish, sometimes kind and considerate, at other times jealous and petulant, wanting only our own way. But my Christian faith reveals that despite all this human muddle there exists something transcendent, wonderful, amazing and almost incomprehensible that lives on despite us and gives me hope. And that something for me is God’s love revealed to me through a young builder who lived in the middle east nearly 2000 years ago.
Why do I and millions of others remember him this Easter? I like to think that we remember him because a few brave housewives from Galilee went as a final act of love with herbs and spices to sweeten Jesus’ body as it lay in a cold stone tomb. Jesus, in whom they had placed all their hopes and who had been brutally crucified as a terrorist by the rulers of his day. They went to his tomb hoping to somehow break it open. But when they got there it was empty. And if that was all there was to the story I don’t imagine anyone would remember an obscure builder who lived 2000 years ago and met a horrible end.
But that was not the end because God’s love could not be killed, and to their shock and wonderment Jesus was there, love personified, love telling them to go, tell their friends the good news of that first Easter day, that Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.
So this little group of housewives and countless others after them have continued to go and tell this amazing news for nearly 2000 years as they too are caught by the wonder of a love which cannot be killed or captured but lives on forever.