Easter Upended!

Aramaic scrolls, recently uncovered in Eastern Ethiopia, have finally been translated. It seems that Jesus of Nazareth was resurrected on the Julian calendar equivalent of our February 29! Theologians everywhere are trying to assess the validity of how we currently celebrate Easter. They feel that we cannot – with integrity – ignore this revelation solely to avoid conflict with our scheduling. How would we reschedule all the Christian holy days leading up to the culmination of our Lord’s pinnacle of achievement? How would we reschedule Mardi Gras, which is planned so many months in advance by communities all over the world? Then there is Ash Wednesday, with all those ashes lying in wait. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, now placed upon a Sunday. If we were to shift the holy day to four year intervals, how would we assume the basis for using the moon as its determinant. In 325CE, when the Council of Nicaea decided that Easter would fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox, they started from a false premise, as these scrolls reveal. We now would need to determine that day four years in advance. The revelations revealed by these scrolls require a completely new rendering of the Christian calendar. In a way, they open up golden opportunities for new employment for artists, theologians, printers, candle makers, event planners, and costume designers. At last, in news of the day, we can find positivity of increased prosperity for so many: perhaps to truly decrease the enormous gap between the haves and the have nots of our day.



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