Last night, as a Christian, I went to Church and celebrated Maundy Thursday... the annual commemoration of Jesus' institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion, which of course is integrally related with the Jewish celebration of the first night of the 7 day (sometimes 8) season of Pesach (Hebrew) or "Passover" in English. Both faiths engage in rituals to remind us of slavery and liberation, bondage and freedom... hard won liberation and freedom. Today is Good Friday for Christians and at sunset, Pesach begins. Here are a couple of websites I found informative as I learn more about the living roots of my faith tradition: Judaism 101: and chabad.org One aspect I find most interesting is the removal of all items in the home considered to be "Chametz" which culminates in this wonderful ceremony The Search Not everyone finds celemony and ritual uplifting, but I love them as means of demonstrating my willingness to submit to the will of God, to nurture my desire for Him and to participate with God in my spiritual formation. So next year, I will add to my Lenten disciplines a literal and symbolic practice of shedding "chametz"; a deep spring cleaning to be sure!
May you and your family deeply experience the promise of this season!
As a parting gift, some photos of my second (and happier) tree peony.