Brian’s Reflection: Easter Day, 2011
Now, God be thanked Who has watched us with His hour,
And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping,
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary,
Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move,
And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,
And all the little emptiness of love!
Oh! we, who have known shame, we have found release there,
Where there's no ill, no grief, but sleep has mending,
Naught broken save this body, lost but breath;
Nothing to shake the laughing heart's long peace there
But only agony, and that has ending;
And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.
Rupert Brooke, poet; he died on April 23, 1915,
off an island in the Aegean
“Easter” is as old as human record. It is a promise of Life, of Peace, of Liberation from all that seeks to defeat Life.
We human beings are created to Live. One of the greatest insights of “religion” is to have imagined a “God” Who grants the gift of Freedom to Live. The path to this freedom is Self-awareness. In that, God and We meet.
“Go in Peace. God has put away all your sins”.