This Easter we have great need for giving lilies, not thorns, to our fellow humans. Last Easter I concluded my blog with a section from A Course In Miracles Text Chapter 20, The Vision of Holiness. In it Jesus contrasts lilies with thorns to help us realize that we need to see past the hurt brought by thorns to the loving view of our sisters and brothers seen through the beauty of white lilies.
Easter is not the celebration of the [cost] of sin, but of its [end.] If you see glimpses of the face of Christ behind the veil, looking between the snow-white petals of the lilies you have received and given as your gift, you will behold your brother’s face and recognize it. I was a stranger and you took me in, not knowing who I was. Yet for your gift of lilies you will know. In your forgiveness of this stranger, alien to you and yet your ancient Friend, lies his release and your redemption with him. The time of Easter is a time of joy, and not of mourning. Look on your risen Friend, and celebrate his holiness along with me. For Easter is the time of your salvation, along with mine. [T-20.I.4]
I ended my blog last Easter by quoting these sentences.
The song of Easter is the glad refrain the Son of God was never crucified. Let us lift up our eyes together, not in fear but faith. And there will be no fear in us, for in our vision will be no illusions; only a pathway to the open door of Heaven, the home we share in quietness and where we live in gentleness and peace, as one together.
The first sentence can be seen as contradicting that Jesus was crucified, which happened in the world of illusions. By moving our mind from the level of the separation to the level of Heaven we understand that by seeing with loving eyes the lilies of Easter we will know that “The Son of God” was never crucified because we as that one Son, along with Jesus, are always at Home with God in Heaven.
Let us change our minds from the image of thorns, which now dominate the world’s behavior, for to Lilies we give to each other as a symbol of peace between us. Thus we will have an Easter as offered in the two final sentences of the above passage.