This is a busy time of year on the religious calendar. We’re in the middle of the Islamic month of Ramadan. It’s Holy Week for Christianity. Contemporary Pagans are preparing for Ostara. Sikhs mark Vaisakhi on the 14th. Jews celebrate the Passover beginning the 15th, and those that adhere to the Baha'i faith have the first and ninth days of Ridván within the month of April this year. It’s a lot to try and keep up with!
This coming Sunday at CSL Parker we will be taking a look at the Last Supper, the meal that Jesus ate with his disciples in the hours leading up to his death and resurrection. It’s not your typical Easter service, but then we aren’t your typical church either. Just like last week when we talked about welcoming the Christ.
The Christ is not a person but a principle. It’s our connection point with God within. The Christ is a consciousness within each of us waiting to be recognized and celebrated. Jesus never said he was special or that he was the only Christ. In fact, he said over and over again that we could all do what he did, and that it was the power within - what he called “Father” - that did the work.
The word “christ” has gotten all twisted up in our culture. It’s been assigned to one person who never claimed it as solely for themselves. Folks who just didn’t understand his teachings gave him and only him the title later on. We each have that consciousness within us though. It’s our Oneness with God.
Jesus just had it all figured out. That’s what made him so incredibly special. He understood that he was a part of God and God was all of him and a whole lot more. And Jesus then had access to that whole lot more through his Christ consciousness, through his Oneness with God. Jesus just got it! And he tried to teach all of us! We just haven’t quite figured it out yet.
But that’s why we gather together each week on Sundays and throughout the week in classes. We’re trying to figure it all out for ourselves. Jesus is a great guy to study just for that reason. So stop in this Sunday and hear about the Last Supper. Enjoy some community time at a church that’s a whole lot different. I’ll see you there.