More than bunnies and chocolate, Easter is about bread and wine. Bread and wine, not for filling our stomachs and getting bombed, but for remembering and, if we're fortunate, for thoughtful celebration. The old Christmas carol is amiss (what else is new!) when it says, "And man shall live forevermore because of Christmas day." Sentimental and touching as the stable birth was, it certainly isn't the crux of the drama of redemption or the hope of future union with God. Easter seals the deal. Jesus' story until then is significant no doubt, but after his undeserved torture, ruthless murder and miraculous resurrection, it became supernatural. Death was defeated. Hope no longer dwelt in the camp of unrealistic expectations, and paradise was opened.

"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."

Václav Havel, Disturbing the Peace

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