How much chocolate will be used to make all the Easter eggs given in 2013? Evidently, four tonnes were used to create just one in Bariloche, Argentina. Easter eggs celebrate springtime – although, that can’t make much sense in Argentina, being south of the equator. Or in Britain this year, we hear you say.
Eggs produce new life. And our Easter holidays come from the tradition of celebrating another new life thing which, it has to be said, is a bit forgotten today.
Most of us live fairly practical lives in a world driven by feelings, facts, and the bottom line. So if we are reminded of the old Easter story of Jesus defeating death and rising to new life, we – like some of Jesus’s original followers – are doubtful. We reach for our tasty Easter egg and put the story to the back of our minds.
But those doubtful followers later changed their minds. Practical though they were, they became convinced that something bigger was going on that was good and important – even if they couldn’t explain it in logical terms.
They came to understand that the original Easter weekend was the birth of a new age, where a new way of living would begin to transform people and the world. And it happened: amazing changes have occurred since then. But the job’s not over: things still aren’t quite right in us or the structures around us.
And that’s why it’s great to be reminded at least every year – it’s a kind of Easter-egg-timer! – that all of us are invited to take the gift of new life that Jesus made possible at the first Easter. How to do that? We think that just discovering more about Jesus is the best way to get going. You can search online (rejesus is a good place to start) or try reading John’s gospel (we’ll send you one if you haven’t got one).
Or have a bit of a chinwag with us: we’d love to hear what you’re thinking. We’ll be having a coffee in Caffè Nero’s on Culver Street West this coming Saturday 30 March between 3pm and 4pm. Come to talk Easter eggs, etc, and the coffee’s on us!