"Now we'll show them!" The oppressed people, beaten down by so many empires, would have their day. The most powerful force anyone had seen in history, which had brutally occupied those poor people, would be humbled.
Instead, back to Alcabes' question, "Is healing important?" which we might extend to ask: is it important to deal with this in a column on religion and American public life?
I see how we have the confluence of a minor historical event in American history, the day that the outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed by Robert Ford in 1882, and this year Good Friday in the Western Christian calendar, falling into the same moment.
We are reminded that eggs possess religious symbolism and significance. They're also spectacular grilled or smoked.
Parades have various political and cultural significance, but one grand stroll carries solemn religious meaning mixed with ostentatious displays of fashion: The Easter Parade. Wouldn't you love to sashay down 5th Avenue in New York wearing a festive flower garden and a mile of ribbon on your bonnet? I would.
Easter is enough to survive. And it comes at absolutely no charge. When we try to take more than we need, that's when things get messed up.
Later Christian tradition put Jesus' last meal with his disciples on Thursday evening and his crucifixion on what we call today "Good Friday." We now know that is one day off.
There is a version of Easter that, frankly, leaves me cold and untouched. It is Easter without Good Friday. It is an empty tomb celebrated, but without a crucified body mourned. It is celebration, but without broken hearts.
While officially the theological matter may have been put to rest in 451 AD and though most of us in the Church today are pretty comfortable affirming both the humanity and the divinity of Jesus, the way we talk and think about Jesus reveals that the controversy is far from over.
Moses and the Israelites suffered through the wilderness for 40 years. All that time, they could never be certain where their journey would end, whether or not God would make good on God's promise of liberation.
On Good Friday, we stand with the nonviolent Jesus as he suffers torture and execution at the hands of the empire, yet remains centered in the God of love, forgiving and nonviolent to the end. Gandhi said that in his death, Jesus practiced perfect nonviolence.
Easter is a time of joyous celebration for many. Much planning goes into family gatherings and the fun, food and festivities to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. But have you remembered to plan for your pets?
The root of every problem in the world is the absence of love, and so the infusion of love must be the beginning of every solution. Jesus invites us to follow our Master's example, and reminds us that by taking this posture, we will be obeying all of his commands.
Hang in there as these cookies are well worth the effort.
photo credit: Jarosław Pocztarski Even if you aren't a religious person or adhere to any particular faith, you can't really escape the whole Easter ...