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Easter

As I sit here preparing during Holy week for the celebration of the greatest day of the year, I wonder about the message. Each year, I know that the celebration is for a purpose. The purpose is individual and personal. Through prayer, God reveals what we are to learn each year from the celebration of His resurrection. It is not a time to ignore the message.

This year God speaks to me about kinship. Greg Boyle in his classic work, Tattoos of the Heart, speaks to us of “the illusion of separateness”. “It is a place,” he says, “where we judge the other and feel the impossibility of anything getting bridged.” How often do I judge and feel above some in righteousness? How I feel that I know, and they do not.

The poet Rumi writes, “Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” The “other eye” is the eye of Jesus. This is the bridging of the gap of our mutual judgment. This is the eye of love that Jesus calls us to model. For He said, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”

I am in awe of what Jesus did. For eternity, before He came to earth, was in perfect union with God the father. Imagine for a second being married to someone you love beyond measure and spending every second of every day with them for 1000 years. Imagine what it would feel like to be separated from them for a day. It would be like your heart being torn from you, wouldn’t it?

Well Jesus had been that close to the Father for an eternity before He died on the cross. But He was willing to be separated from the Father (his death) so that He could save all of us from sin so that we could join Him and the Father for eternity in paradise. That is how much He loves us. A sacrifice beyond human understanding, but one that humbles us to His words of wisdom in the Bible.

Easter for me is a time to reflect. Close both eyes; see with the other one. Then, we are no longer judging others. We are no longer constantly excluding. We are no longer above anyone. What we become is what is revealed with that other eye. Our horizon is widened, our world is expanded, we find ourselves in a place of “endless acceptance and infinite love.”

Let Easter be your window to the heart of Jesus. Bless each of you this day with joy, forgiveness, and love.

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joe-sturnioloBy Joe Sturniolo
Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning
Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring about significant impact for His Kingdom.

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