Monday, April 9, 2007

The Matter Regarding Jesus and the Sunbeam

Over the weekend, I read Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. At least two people have told me (in not so many words) that I should read it, but I'd been putting it off because it's a book about a quest for inner peace and I didn't want to accidentally lift any ideas from it.

Holy areole, the woman knows her Eastern spirituality. A third of the book is about her time at an Ashram in India, and she does an amazing job of making that accessible. I'd been concerned. The first part is about her stay in Italy; you can talk delicious food to me all day. I'm down with that. But when you start talking about reaching a higher plane and having a Guru and chanting in Sanskrit, my tendency is back away, quickly, to the world of synthetic fibers and small talk about real estate. But I got all wrapped up in Gilbert's story. I was humbled by the breadth of her knowledge and commitment.

Particularly on Sunday when Easter rolled around, which we celebrate in a basket-and-chocolate sort of way. This year was different: In the morning, after The Holy Ingesting of The First Peanut Butter Egg, Caleb leaned up against my lap and asked, "Why do we celebrate Easter again?"

"Well, you know who Jesus is, right?" I asked. When I was his age, I could have come at you with the Beatitudes and most of the major parables.

Caleb nodded.

"And you know Christmas is when Jesus was born?"

You could see the wheels turning. "Ohhh," he said. "So Easter celebrates when Jesus's mom got pregnant."


noodles said...

"Jesus's mom got pregnant" Pretty funny. :D

Easter is also known as "Sunday of the Resurrection". It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred on the third day of his death by crucifixion. (Source: my 7 years in Catholic school)

In Chinese, Easter is translated to "Resurrection Day" and Christmas as "Saint's Birthday". That's why it's never mistaken.

Magpie said...

Wow, the kid can count, and knows that babies take 9 months. Good job!

Jennifer said...

You know, I was kind of impressed with the math, too! Maybe it's because we have something like 137 new babies in our neighborhood.

"Resurrection Day" just doesn't have the same chirpiness as "Easter," does it?

Heather Annastasia said...

Yeah, 9 months! I never thought of that.

Of course, that only works when Easter falls in March.

So Eat, Pray, Love is a good book? I wanted to learn more about Eastern theology, but I wandered from Western theology to African and Native American theologies because that's where my literature studies took me.