It was not simply that over 2,000 years ago, lived a man, a great teacher, who performed miracles, and who folks claimed was God the Word Incarnate, then was sacrificed. This all could be the fodder of legend. No, it was His resurrection that was the impetus for our Faith. It was real.
Today’s Gospel on www.byzcath.org (Matthew 26:6-16) always gives me shivers—“a woman anoints Jesus with an expensive jar of oil…’Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.’
Which brings me to today’s Easter basket preparation—Bittersweet beets with horseradish. it is symbolic that Christ’s sacrifice is both bitter and sweet. And since I had beet juice, I made pickled eggs for the first time. I love these eggs, because they represent both the sacrifice and the renewal.