April 19, 2011
Am already in Santa Barbara at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center where I lead the Easter Retreat. This year for the fifth time. This is an ancient Easter – far different from that noted by most Christians. In this Easter there is not a Holy Week. The great days of Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday are celebrations of Resurrection as we note the continual cycle of death and rising. We begin with a prayer about the Christ – the spark before time that moves through all time and through the entire cosmos. From all here – I/we send our prayer that All May Be One. This is not a prayer about uniformity, but a prayer that we may be a vibrant diverse people in the one spirit of Jeru-Shalom. We pray with our Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, indigenous and all peoples who perceive Divinity as calling us to responsible thoughtful living with each other and all creation. We pray here in the name of the Christ – and ask all to pray in the name they have for the one Divinity. Truly – May All Be One! That prayer is a glorious Easter garden for all.