So, here we are at Easter weekend again, the highest holy days on the Christian calendar.
This means, of course, that Lent is finally over and we can all get back to business as usual. I don't know if you participated in Lent this year or not, but if you did, congratulations all 'round.
Myself, I had decided to skip it this year, due to prior commitments and various other distractions. But then, as fate would have it, the first week of Lent I took a nasty fall on a hiking trail, resulting in, of all stupid things, a major concussion.
Laid up in that condition, barely being able to walk or see for three weeks, it occurred to me to give up alcohol for Lent this year. (I mean, when you're zonked out like that, what's the point, right?)
Relatively speaking, there's something to be said about sobriety. Not much, I'll admit. But it does allow for moments of clarity, which can be highly beneficial at times. Like at the DMV, trying to get your drivers licenses renewed, or showing up in the right court room on time. But other than that, I'm at a loss. (My rich employer, by the way, doesn't seem to care for sobriety at all, as far as I can tell.)
Our Christian religion, although admonishing against total drunkenness, most certainly doesn't forbid alcohol. In fact, Jesus himself (being the ideal party guest) was forever turning ordinary tap water into wine. (Now, we can all do this too, of course, given enough time and a handful of grapes. But apparently he could do it in an instant, without all the mess and fuss.)
Anyhow, I'm looking much forward to Easter Sunday. Not just for spiritual renewal, of course, but I suspect there'll be several bottles of wine cracked open that day, after Easter services. (As Catholics, we're required to show up in church at least once a year -- which most of us put off 'til Easter Sunday, when we're all packed in like sardines.)
In any case, no matter how you celebrate the high holy days, the most important thing is to take time out for reflection, whether you're in a small church, a Cathedral, taking a walk in the woods, or sitting home alone, reflection is the most important part in all religions, everywhere.
Music, of course, is the best way to aid along this path. Remember a couple months back I mentioned the Two Cellos and their wild and crazy music? Well, they have another side...
Before going, I hope you have time to hit this link to their amazing version of The Benedictus -- composed by Karl Jenkins, and guaranteed to provide a few moments of peace, tranquility, reflection, and the strength to go on.
Happy Easter, and happy high holy days to all readers, for all religions throughout this world.