Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter Weekend

On Easter Sunday we again celebrate hope, optimism and human perseverance. It's been quite a year, but we're still here to forge ahead.

Speaking of which, Notre Dame Cathedral's famous rose window was saved following Monday's fire. And thankfully, much of the iconic stained glass windows, art and relics are safe too! Some of these irreplaceable articles date back to the 13th century.

Let's jump back a little further in time ... do you recognize this man? 
If a history buff, you might. He looks more Middle Eastern than how centuries of Western paintings, films and television series depict him.
The Jesus of Nazareth 1977 television movie
I grew up with the image of blue-eyed, hunky actor, Robert Powell as Jesus. (Va-va-room, I believe!🙂) However, theologians who study history say the real Jesus Christ looked more like the first image above. As a Galilean, his skin was dark, his beard (if he had one. Jews in Antiquity often didn't) and hair were coarse and cut short; and it is likely: Jesus was not long and lean, but shorter in stature. Does it matter to believers that the real Christ looked so different than how we in the West were conditioned to see him? Hmm ... I'll leave you to ponder.

Enjoy this lovely holiday with family and friends. It's Passover weekend also for those who celebrate. A weekend to relax and spend in a positive way ... Muslim, Jew, Christian, or something else. Let's put ChristSimple Labarum.svg back into Christans and commit to treating everybody with love and respect. Strive for fairness and humanity for all.

On this Easter Sunday remember to indulge in a tasty sweet!🍬

Happy Easter!

Simple Labarum.svg - The Chi Rho is formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" = Christ.


  1. A beautiful message, Debbie. I have seen that picture of how Christ may have looked - it is very interesting, isn't it. I remember my mother telling me he probably had a brownish complexion. Wonderful the rose windows are still there - they are the best ones from all the old cathedrals we have seen over the years. Happy Easter to you and yours, Debbie!

    1. Happy Easter over here on my blog as well, Trish! I enjoyed your roundup of cathedrals over on your blog ... as well as, the beauty of your garden. It is interesting how we humans respond to attractiveness, even babies do, scientists have determined.

      Your mother was a wise woman.

  2. Dearest Debbie,
    Trusting you had a Happy Easter weekend!
    It was a moving weekend, for so many people in this world. The Notre Dame of course and even more tragically all those Christians in Sri Lanka...
    May Peace prevail on this earth!
    We never can go back over 2,000 years in history for adding a face to Christ... neither can we for our own ancestors.