Ask the Chaplain…

Why is Easter called Easter?

The short and simple answer is Chistianity “took over” pagan celebrations of spring. The name “Easter” came from the name of a pagan goddess. Therefore, Easter is a “mixed bag” of Christian and non-Christian symbols. (Such as the Easter Bunny, for example.)

If there is a lesson for life, in the history of Easter, perhaps it is adaptability. One of the questions to ask about an issue is whether there is room for compromise and adapting. Is it really an “all or nothing” matter; or, is it a matter of opinion and preference. Most Christians found a way to adapt the pagan symbols to Christian themes of resurrection and life. Consequently, in all my years of celebrating Easter, there has been little to no serious conflict over this adaptation.

Regarding the problems and conflicts in your life, ask yourself: “What really matters to me, and if I allow for another perspective or preference, can I still maintain those things that really matter?” In other words, is this something I must win or can I afford to adapt?