Easter, Passover, and Ramadan are aligning in 2022, but their underlying messages aren’t getting out!

For people celebrating Easter and Passover this weekend, it’s unusual for these two important religious celebrations to have the same dates, but fairly common for them to occur in close proximity.  The dates for both are tied to the beginning of spring.  And don’t forget, Jesus’ Last Supper was a Passover (Pesach) Seder meal that Jesus and his disciples had to celebrate that holiday.  But it is very unusual for them to occur while Ramadan is being celebrated as well.  This year the three major “Western” religions, all of which began in the same part of the world, mark their celebrations of hope and renewal at the same time.

This is meant to be a time of joy, reflection, and messages of hope within each religion community, both in family units and in places of worship. Interestingly and encouragingly, the messages are similar.  They are similar and they convey compassion and peace.  But in too many instances, the walk does not reflect the talk.  When will that ever change?

The Old City of Jerusalem is considered a holy place by all three religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Old Jerusalem’s historical sites, which have deep spiritual significance for millions of people, surely should be open to everyone, especially at such times. But that seems to be easier said than done. On this Good Friday, as thousands gathered to pray at al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest mosque in Islam, there was an altercation between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police that ended up with more than 150 injured and perhaps more than 100 arrested. Where is the hope and the peace?

Jerusalem

Meanwhile, Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (and at this time still the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church) has strongly defended Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as being a righteous war, battling evil forces bent on destroying the God-given unity of Holy Russia.  He’s even offered his blessing to the holy invasion. Wow! The good news is that Russian Orthodox priests in Ukraine are beside themselves and pushing for his removal or for a complete splintering of the two arms of the Orthodox Church. Regardless of the outcome, these are hardly messages of hope and peace.

In Myanmar, the government, which claims to be Buddhist (the mind boggles), has been massacring their minority Muslim Rohingya population with a view to annihilation since 2016. If anyone ever preached peace and non-violence, it was Buddha. His first tenant was to avoid killing or harming any living thing. What part of that does the government that calls itself Buddhist not get?

We all know that there are many, many examples of intolerance and violence that are perpetrated in the name of religion.  And we should all remind ourselves that these all-too-frequent acts of violence, oppression, and/or subjugation bear no relationship to what the prophets of any of those religions meant.  The main teachings of all the major religions aim to encourage goodness in the world and to show compassion to everyone.

On this very important weekend, week, and month for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, let us pray that each and every one of us, observant or not, keeps in mind the most important messages that each religion offers.

Passover1

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Easter1

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Ramadan2

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Put these messages all together and they spell Peace. It shouldn’t be this elusive.

Peace

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36 Responses to Easter, Passover, and Ramadan are aligning in 2022, but their underlying messages aren’t getting out!

  1. Roy McCarthy says:

    I suppose most religions started off with the best of intentions before getting hijacked along the way. Tribalism has never been far behind with peaceful ideals forgotten by religious leaders who are bolstered by their many followers who naively submit to what they are told and taught from a young age. The Russian Orthodox Church and Myanmar are perfect examples Jane. There are many others.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      You won’t be surprised to learn that I agree with every word you write here, Roy. In so many instances throughout history religion’s been used for man-made control. And you’re right, there are many examples. 😥

  2. Jean says:

    If you are familiar with Handel’s complete Messiah, the instrumental and choral ensemble, I would suggest to see/hear this Canadian production of The Messiah, Toronto Symphony Orchestra with other collaborators. You can register for free (or make donation) and get livestream access from now until mid-May, to watch. It’s over 1 hr. Solo singers who sing the arias, some are indigeneous, Inuit, sing in their own language, etc. It’s shot across Canada so it showcases parts of Canada to the rest of the world:

    https://atgtheatre.com/upcoming/messiah-complex/

    • Jane Fritz says:

      What a great suggestion, Jean. I’ve sung the Messiah since I was in high school; nothing more inspiring. I’ve either seen this across-Canada, multi-cultural, multi-language presentation before or a similar beloved orchestral and vocal work presented the same way. Yes, humans have the ability to produce many inspiring acts, demonstrating their creativity, compassion, and love.

  3. Bernie says:

    This post hit the nail on the head. But unfortunately in the name of religion many terrible things are done. Bernie

  4. I take great comfort from the fact that so many people around the world do honour and believe in the messages that these celebrations bring. And I cling to the knowledge that a lot of people are doing great and wonderful things for one another and our planet. But as usual, a minority of people are inflicting the most damage.

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  7. “We all know that there are many, many examples of intolerance and violence that are perpetrated in the name of religion.  And we should all remind ourselves that these all-too-frequent acts of violence, oppression, and/or subjugation bear no relationship to what the prophets of any of those religions meant.  The main teachings of all the major religions aim to encourage goodness in the world and to show compassion to everyone.” Beautifully stated, Jane! The hypocrisy of organized religion is a disgrace.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Natalie, you and I think a lot alike! There are many compassionate individuals in religious roles who live the beliefs they convey, and there are many individual faith communities who actively walk the talk of their faith with community outreach programs, youth programs, sponsoring refugees, etc. But the hierarchies that oversee the organized religions are about control, power, and money, just like any business (or empire). We’ve seen how that’s worked out throughout history. 😥

  8. Rose says:

    Wonderful post Jane, if only all humans could see this connection as well as you do. I would like to think this is a sign that Peace is arising soon, since all these religious celebrations are aligning. It’s nice to think of the miraculous possibility. 😊

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Oh, Rose, what a marvelous thought. I hope the convergence of the three holy holidays is indeed a special sign. We need all the special signs we can get. The religious leaders from all faiths could take this sign to heart and lead a united charge for peace. It would be a miracle in action. 💕

  9. Watching the violence take place right now is heart breaking. Indeed, the mind boggles. Great post, Jane. – Marty

  10. heimdalco says:

    All of these messages contain HOPE, & if there is hope among all of these religions there is still the possibility of peace. We may not see it in our lifetime but I have HOPE that it will happen. As a Registered Nurse of many years I know how important HOPE is … maybe #1, or at least #2 on the treatment list. Thank you for this timely message & perspective.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Hmm, I admire your optimism, Linda, but hope without positive actions of some kind is just false hope. Your patients chose hope because medical professionals were providing actions that could possibly/hopefully lead to successful outcomes. After WWII there was renewed hope in peace because actions were taken that provided the opportunity for peaceful outcomes, like the formation of the UN. With inequality, divisiveness, and distrust now increasing across the world, I think it will take more political – and religious – leaders promoting and demonstrating compassion for ALL to have reason for hope.

  11. Tribalism and greed are, unfortunately, one side of human nature, regardless of culture or religion. But we also have compassion and generosity. Our two sides are in a constant battle.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      You’ve pretty well nailed it, Laurie. We could also add violence and self-interest to tribalism and greed on that side of human nature. I certainly agree that we also have compassion and generosity as part of our nature, which is what this time of religious celebration for so many people should be all about. I just wish that good side would win the battle more often.

  12. jofedorchuk says:

    I learned a lot from this, thank you

  13. From your lips to God’s ears. 🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️❤️🙏

  14. margiran says:

    Jane, you have so eloquently written what I feel 😢 and done it justice too. I’m hoping that in the not too distant future the walk will reflect the talk – many of us want and need it to be so.
    Very best wishes and enjoy your Easter.
    Our weather here in the UK is sunny and warm – small consolation I know but it helps.

  15. Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    Ah the ages old story of Peace.

  16. Indeed it seems to be that some, maybe all, of us are hardwired to persecute the “other” and cleanse the earth or at least our place of tribe. At this point I am not very hopeful for humankind.

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