Last week, the Christian tradition in western cultures celebrated Holy Week, culminating in the celebration of Easter. (The Orthodox tradition will celebrate on April 8.) Holy Week for Christians reflects on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and although Christmas gets more cultural attendant, Holy Week and Easter are really the pinnacles of Christian annual celebrations.
While this time is sacred for Christians and provides reflection on stories and images of one particular faith, there are patterns in this religious holiday that resonate with all of us sharing the human experience. The story of Jesus is one that speaks compellingly of the human possibility to overcome pain and sorrow, as well as suffering and death. To rise out of the ashes of diminishment, disintegration, and even destruction, to encounter new life. At a time of great human turmoil all over the planet, the hopeful message of life coming from death is one we all need to hear from time to time.
All of us at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry wish you a joyful Easter, if you celebrate it in the Christian tradition, and for everyone else the promise of new life in the midst of anything in your life that is difficult or burdensome.
Mark S. Markuly, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Theology and Ministry