If you are observing the Easter holiday today, please accept best wishes from all of us at the Northwest Progressive Institute.
Easter is the most significant holy day for Christianity’s many denominations, although not all of them are celebrating it today. Passages like the following excerpt from the Gospel of Mark (16:1–7) are commonly read during Easter services and liturgies as part of Christian communities’ observance of the holiday, as they are considered authoritative accounts of the Easter story by Christians.
When the sabbath was over,
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome
bought spices so that they might go and anoint him.
Very early when the sun had risen,
on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb.
They were saying to one another,
“Who will roll back the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back;
it was very large.
On entering the tomb they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,
and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, “Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Behold the place where they laid him.
But go and tell his disciples and Peter,
‘He is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him, as he told you.’ ”
Readers interested in Resurrection-themed reflections may want to read this year’s Easter homily from Michael G. Ryan. Father Ryan has been the pastor of St. James (the Cathedral Church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle) since 1988, and has publicly championed many progressive causes from the pulpit, including climate action, immigration reform, and gun responsibility. Every year, he posts his Easter homily for the enjoyment of people around the world.
Easter news reads:
- ‘End the carnage’: Pope delivers Easter message to warring countries
- No, Pope Francis isn’t more political than his predecessors, after all
- In pictures: Christians celebrate Easter around the world
- Minefields where Jesus is said to have been baptized
Again, Happy Easter!