Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the beautifully star lit, solemn, cool and completely clear, island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Good Friday evening, the eighteenth day of April, 2014, and on a perfectly peaceful night at the seven p.m. hour on the east coast, I pray you and yours are well fed, safe, feet up, and watching the telly once again with the ones you love. For on this night some two thousand years ago, a poor man from Jerusalem was crucified on a tree, like many in that day and age of the brutal Roman Empire. But for some odd reason, this one man is perhaps the most famous ‘human being’ to ever have lived, even though on that day he died mostly alone, after he was mocked and beaten, a tortuous day filled with a barbaric form of the death–crucifixion. And while poor as the man on his left and on his right, a moment frozen in time, this one man is remembered and quoted more than anyone in this short history of mankind. One man who is still admired beyond a shadow of a doubt by just about anyone you might meet in your travels across this amazing world we live in two thousand plus years later, one man who is worshiped by BILLIONS of followers in the many Christian faiths. One man so loved, feared, used, misunderstood, misquoted, manipulated, beaten up verbally (as if he cares one way or the other who you love, only that you do), yes, the man whose name has invoked so many wars waged in ‘his name’, all starting with the war of him and his claim that he is truly the Son of man, or the Son of God and his crucifixion by the Roman Empire, Pontius Pilate to be specific, who was forced into this by Jesus’ own people, rather the ruling religious body in Israel at the time, the Sanhedrin, who would rather have freed murderer than free a man who claimed the ultimate “blasphemy”, his claim and what many today around the world for thousands of years now believe to be true…that he and he alone is the Son of Man, the Messiah, the great “I AM”. The one who may just eventually come back and kick some a$$. Starting with those who use his name is vain, or more to the point, for their OWN greedy ends, while the majority of folks around the world suffer needlessly. All for those “bits of gold” that he was betrayed for so many moons ago…
Christ died, was buried and, according to the witness of the New Testament, rose again and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in Glory to judge the living and the dead, and his Kingdom will have no end.” And as the story goes, deliberately put himself on that cross to absolve man of his sins. His brief 33 years on this planet are mostly told through the Holy Scriptures. Gospels found in the Holy Bible, taken from only four Apostles (true followers, by actions), I believe they are Mark, Mathew, Luke and Paul, or is it Peter? CCD was a long time ago my friends, my apologies to the choir, anyway, these stories of Jesus and his work with the masses during his life, such as Miracles, mostly speak to his love for the poor. He spoke of charity, stating, “If a man asks you for your cloak, offer him your tunic as well.” He stated that the poor will be blessed with a divine richness of spirit; Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth… Blessed are the oppressed, for they shall find JUSTICE… Blessed are the weak in spirit, for their’s IS the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Jesus spoke of caring for those less fortunate than thee, to care for those who are being persecuted, he spoke of the FACT that it is easier to pass a camel through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter into that KINGDOM. Needle is defined, literally, back ‘in the day’ as a narrow passage way that were common in giant tombs and other intricate inner chambers, most so narrow that only a thin Egyptian might fit through, certainly not a large middle eastern camel. Those who can pass on through are those who are not attached to physical, those unencumbered with the weight that we in the United States and most places in this ever increasing corporate world of STUFF lug about, an economy based on that notion we carry daily, most of the time not even knowing that we ARE. Jesus was a good man who, regardless of whether or not you believe he was the real son of God, as we understand it, matters little. People a whole lot more important than me can tell you what they think. Just Google it! What matters is, if you like his style, WALK his word. Hypocrites need not apply, although absolved nonetheless. Jesus also spoke of forgiveness, forgiving thine enemies. Have you ever prayed for yours?
I believe Albert Einstein put it best when he said, “…the best life is a life in the service of another.” Jesus had that down to the point it could not be missed. So on this sad and solemn day of reflection and deep thought, please accept this offering from a passage from Deepak Chopra’s “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” And to those who have graced my life by reading this simple little blog from little old seacapecod.net, I send you my blessings and prayer for a more Just and Peaceful world, where some homeless man on the street may just turn out to be what the world has been waiting for all this ‘time’.
(page 111) “…We are travelers on a cosmic journey~stardust swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, once said, The existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightening in the sky, Rushing by like a torrent down a steep mountain. “We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and love for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile.”
Or not. And here’s Tom with the weather! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M