It's Easter Sunday - the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
But even for Christians, the whole idea of the once-dead Jesus returning back to life is so hard to grasp that many just gloss over this part of Easter and focus instead on bunnies and brunch.
As for me, I don't have a clue about what actually happened on that first Easter morning inside the tomb where the dead body of Jesus lay. In fact, the Gospels don't give any account of a stone rolling away and Jesus emerging triumphantly (those are Hollywood images).
The Gospels simply say that on Easter Sunday, when Jesus' friends go to the tomb to anoint his body, they find the tomb is empty and they hear a message that he has been raised up.
Actually I'm not all that concerned about what "really" happened on Easter, rather I look at what the Easter story means. For me, the Easter story is a powerful metaphor proclaiming a a deep eternal truth.
On Good Friday, the forces of hatred wrestle with the powers of love. I think the Easter message is a proclamation that, in the end "love wins!"
Jesus' life was an icon of incarnate love, acceptance, reconciliation and forgiveness. The oppressive powers of empire tried to execute that life - eliminate everything about who Jesus was and what he stood for. But the forces of empire could not overcome. On Easter, the life of the Christ was unleashed onto the world to be a living presence for all people of all times. In the end, love wins!
Whether you are a Christian believer or not, Easter is a day to celebrate the ultimate power of love over hate.
The Buddha put it this way, "Hatreds do not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth...Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good."