From the distant past, a custom from China was commonly observed in Korea at the start of every new year. A red bean porridge was prepared and employed to ward off evil spirits by applying the bean paste to the walls and door posts of the house. Disease and misfortunes, it was thought, would be avoided, assuring them a new year of happiness.
no longer hear of this custom, but it's similar
to what the Israelites did
to receive their liberation from the Egyptians after their years of
slavery. They killed a lamb and used the blood to sprinkle the door
posts to prepare for their delivery from slavery. Today, the Seder meal
for Jews commemorates this liberation from slavery in Egypt. Christians
at Easter remember their own liberation received from Christ by his
sacrifice on the
A religious sister, a theologian, explains in the
Kyeongyang magazine the idea of the Easter appearances in the Gospel of
John. She wants us to examine the word passover (meaning passage) and
reflect on its meaning for us today. If the Jews had not been able to
'passover' the situation they found themselves in, then freedom would
have been impossible for them.
Courage was needed to overcome
slavery, faith was needed to overcome the ignorance concerning how best
to deal with it, and strength of will was needed to accept the difficult
years in the dessert, before arriving in the promised land.
are being asked at this time of year to passover to a faith in Jesus,
who is the beginning and the end of our life. This requires that we move
from the life of the dead to the life of those fully alive. This faith
allows us to overcome the worries and fears that normally are present in
every life, due to greed and selfishness, and to overcome estrangements
and permit an openness to others.
Our Easter faith allows us to
overcome the small self and embrace an affirming hope with courage. We
tend to forget we have entered the Easter life, our immortal
life, with our baptism, and that death no longer exists for us as
Christians. This kind of thinking does not come easy, but with a firm
resolve to passover to a life of faith in Jesus, we will come to
understand what salvation and liberation should mean to us as
Christians. Happy Easter.