Thursday, April 9, 2009

Passover and Holy Week

Today marks the the beginning of Passover in the Jewish tradition, celebrating the flight of the Israelites from Egypt, and the passion, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in the Christian tradition. Of course, the Christian tradition begins with Jesus taking the Passover meal with his disciples, so the two traditions are intimately intertwined.

There is much tradition and ritual in the celebration of these holidays - especially in the Jewish tradition. The stories are retold, the meals are prepared in the same manner, and the lessons taught and relearned as they have been for centuries.

Masons well know the value of tradition and ritual. The familiar stories are retold, and new lessons gleaned from them - the stories are the same, but the listener is different.

We pause, those of us who are members of the Jewish or Christian faiths, and recall the stories and reflect on the lessons we are taught.

Peace to all.