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Sunday, April 1, 2018

EASTER 2018

In case you missed it, this is April 1, the one time in the year media are expected to plant real fake news.  Even on Easter Sunday, the United Kingdom just had to announce:

  • Burger King's Chocolate Whooper:  a flame-grilled chocolate patty with raspberry syrup
  • Meghan Markle organized Prince Harry's stag-weekend at a holistic yurt retreat in West Wales so he can get grounded, not inebriated  (they get married on May 19)
The Washington Post summarized American entries, but beginning with one from the England:
  • Heinz isn't selling chocolate mayo in the UK
  • Amazon isn't delivering actual authors to your home
  • Roku hasn't introduced socks that work as a remote control
  • Hypnotiq isn't launching a cryptocurrency called Hpno-Currency
  • eHarmony isn't getting into dog-matching
  • The U.S. Army isn't going to deliver 3D-printed pizzas to soldiers by drone
  • Facebook isn't going to let you see who viewed your profile
  • There was no Easter egg hunt with no eggs to find
  • No app to to teach whale speak
  • Coco-cola has three new flavors:  avocado, sourdough and charcoal
  • VHS isn't making a comeback
  • A dog-food company isn't branching out into people food
  • Whiskey sports drinks are fake
  • Cup of Noodles and Zenni Optical aren't coming out with glasses that don't get steamed when you slurp hot soup
Moving on to the topic of the day, one of my table mates at 15 Craigside asked me why are there rabbits during Easter.  I said I did not know, but in checking my blog found that seven years ago I posted:


The notion of the Easter Bunny delivering eggs originated in Germany half a millennium ago. No, nothing in The Bible about this. There is a double life-giving symbol here, for rabbits breed prolifically. There is also an analogy here with Santa Claus and Christmas, but NORAD does not track rabbits. Unlike turkey at Thanksgiving, rabbits, with a few exceptions, are not eaten at Easter, although you will see their shape in cakes, cookies and that once a year chocolate bunny. There is also a rapping Easter Bunny if you want to be entertained today.

And, in case you were wondering, rabbits do not lay eggs.  Next, I've always thought yellow was the primary color at Easter (see final photo below).  Turns out, according to Country Living, Easter is pastel, with the subdued colors being white, red, violet, pink and green.  No yellow.  Liturgically, Wikipedia shows colors for all the seasons, the closest to yellow being gold, and should be purple during Lent and black on Good Friday.  Easter colors are thus mostly white and gold, with the lily being the symbolic flower of the day.  However, perhaps I associated Easter during Spring and daffodils.

Finally, did Pope Francis deny the existence of Hell this week, or not.  When the most powerful man in the Free World, President Donald Trump, says something today, it means close to nothing, for he keeps changing his mind and rarely provides any kind of brilliance and vision, anyway.  But CNN, voiced by Liam Neeson, in 14 episodes, purports that The Pope is the most powerful man in history.  If there is no Hell, that puts into question whether there is a Heaven, then....God?

Which leads to Nobel Laureate Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, better known as Mother St. Theresa of Calcutta.  She published Mother Theresa:  Come Be My Light.   Did she lose faith?

Jesus has a very special love for you. [But] as for me--The silence and the emptiness is so great--that I look and do not see,--Listen and do not hear. --MOTHER TERESA TO THE REV. MICHAEL VAN DER PEET, SEPTEMBER 1979

She certainly would not be the first saint to now and then stop believing God.  More than anything, she was just human.  Everyone has doubts.  While saints might might lose faith on rare occasions, I'm way up there somewhere above 99%.  Posthumously, St. Theresa wishes you well on this Easter Day:


Happy Easter, Pearl:


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1 comment:

Pupuk Terong Ungu said...

ever single one, they are all just human,