Monday, April 10, 2017
From the land of Palestine, I extend loving greetings to you as sisters and brothers, both near and far. For Palestinian Quakers, Resurrection is a time of joy, hope and sharing. In Palestinian households, we bake small cakes for this occasion which are rich in symbolism.
Even though the cakes themselves taste sweet, their shape represents the last bitter moments before Jesus’ torturous death. We transform ring-shaped cakes filed with dates into crowns of thorns. Another type of cake is filled with walnuts and shaped like the vinegar soaked sponge, which instead of water, was offered to Jesus on the Cross. These cakes are baked by Christians and Muslims alike for their respective special occasions.
With similar import, eggs are naturally dyed a deep red color to represent the blood of Christ. Colored eggs are the joy of children and adults alike, who exclaim "Christ is Risen!" when cracking them open. . .
We learn through scripture that Jesus was a mystic. He had vivid and frequent experiences with the Spirit. He was a remarkable healer, wisdom teacher, and social prophet. An outspoken critic of the domination system, Jesus was also an organizer, an initiator of inclusive movements that shattered the social boundaries of his time.
While interpreting Jesus in purely political terms does not allow us into a full understanding, we may also reduce his message if we exclude the political dimensions of his life, death and resurrection.
Our struggle against the inter-related threats of oppression, violence, warfare and the destruction of the environment can be and should be understood as one struggle – a struggle for life."
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