The curtain ripped from top to bottom.
Every Easter I relate the Easter story to my family. They say they're listening, but I think they're just being kind. Sometimes I make them recite it back to me, taking it in turns - it's a lot of fun for the whole family! 😊
If, once a year in April, you greet people with "Happy Easter", and if you eat large chocolate eggs, you should really know what it's all about. It's the same with Christmas - if you don't know why you're celebrating an event it's like gate-crashing a birthday party without even knowing whose birthday it is.
This year the story was told slightly differently - I made an 'Answer-Smash Easter Quiz'. I got the idea from Richard Osman's House of Games. I used to like Richard Osman, but I've gone off him massively because his book (which was published at the same time as mine and
and is also set in a care home) has become a best-seller and is going to be made into a film by Stephen Spielberg no less. Mine, meanwhile is somewhat floundering, still waiting for its big break. But Richard Osman is never going to be nominated for the 2021 Selfies Book Award and I'm sure he is envious about that.
My answer-smash had questions such as:
Q: The first two words of a fairy tale and the governor of Judaea at the time of Jesus' crucifixion? A: Once upontius pilate.
Q: A written or spoken agreement and what the disciples found in Jesus' tomb?
It was the next question that prompted a big discussion:
Q: A visit made by students to study something away from their school and what happened to the curtain in the temple when Jesus died.
A: A geography field tripped from top to bottom.
I apologise here to academics and religious leaders who may not approve of my very simple explanation, but this is how I see it:
The curtain that ripped was hanging between the main part of the temple and the part reserved for the 'holiest of holies'. God wanted to open the place of worship to everyone - it didn't matter about your faith, colour, age, gender, wealth, profession or race. Jesus' death signified that God wanted to open up the temple to everyone.
1,988 years later, isn't this the understanding we're still striving for? If only people would stop trying to sew up that curtain.
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