Religious holidays, no matter your denomination, are always a great time to learn not just about others beliefs and worship practices, but about ourselves and our lives as well. Religion is rooted in the personal beliefs and values one has with a divine involvement in the universe and human life. This Sunday is Easter, the Christian holiday whose central doctrine is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Most of us know that this is why Easter is celebrated, but what many do not know is that miraculous resurrection of one sort or another has been a recurrent theme in not only Christianity, but Judaism, Islam, and other Abrahamic religions.
The reason resurrection is such a recurrent theme in religion is because it directly relates to what we, common mortal people, can achieve, therefore connecting us with the immortal deities we worship.
There are two meanings of resurrection; 1) rising from the dead, and 2) revival. While religion celebrates the rising of the dead, something that we as common people cannot do, we can take note of this holiday and focus on our ability for revival.
In fact, the state of the world today demands our ability to revive ourselves in one way or another in order to succeed. In work we are either in a position of reviving ourselves into something more productive so that our position within our work environments are secure, or we are reviving ourselves into something new because of an unfortunate dismissal from our jobs. In our personal lives we are looking to revive our relationships in a time where we must understand that these relationships are the only certainties we have amidst chaos. Essentially, tough times create new opportunity for renewal of interest so that we can recover consciousness and flourish again.
Through resurrection we allow ourselves to move past negative feelings or the mentality of a victim and regain control of our own destiny through our ability to experience positive feelings through memory and productive action. Overcoming hard times is as much about restoring a sense of normalcy in our lives as it is about being mentally and physically equipped to weather the storm that surrounds us.
While we might not know how long we will face difficulties, we need to know that if we do not resurrect ourselves from what we are now; our process towards enlightenment will be much longer and more painful by waiting for times to change before we change.
Our takeaway from this Easter Sunday is that we don’t have to celebrate a holiday in order for a holiday to affect us. In understanding why millions of people celebrate, we can apply the principles of the holiday in our own lives to make us personally stronger, therefore more viable to those we surround ourselves with.