Spent yesterday afternoon at the “Easter Play” in Princes Street gardens. Its the perfect setting for this ancient story, in city gardens outside an ancient city wall. Despite freezing weather an audience of over 1000 walked alongside this open air drama as this group of volunteer actors backed by a professional production team and lead actor did a great job of retelling this tale that changed the world.
Its a script I have read and reflected on many times but once again seeing through the interpretation of others threw new light on it, in particular the demand the Jesus figure made of the those around him not to keep their faith to their own peoples but to preach love, forgiveness and the hope of God to all the world. In a time when racial and sectarian thinking was endemic between nation's and tribes, such thinking was radical heresy. Sadly, to some that remains the case today but I was remained that change, even of such deep rooted prejudice is possible, if we are willing out reach out and love our enemy, no matter the cost.
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