Spiritual Life: Why we celebrate Jesus’s death

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 March 2018

A statue of Jesus. Picture: NIALL CARSON/PA IMAGES

A statue of Jesus. Picture: NIALL CARSON/PA IMAGES

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Alice, in her travels through Wonderland having followed a rabbit, led to a tea party.

I am, of course, referring to Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

This is part of the book written by Lewis Carroll. This was the pseudonym of one Charles Dodgson. So not only was the book a fantasy, but also the author!

Why was the hatter given the label mad in this context? In the days that Lewis Carroll wrote, the makers of hats would store their material in a liquid and in the process of making their hats use the same liquid. One chemical used was mercurous nitrate and there would also be traces of pure mercury.

Many school children in the past would have pushed a globule of mercury around their desk. Not now as we know that it attacks the nervous system and leads to detrimental effects in the brain. This gives the 19th century label of Mad Hatter to a member of that trade.

Along with the hatter at the tea party there was also the sleeping dormouse and a March hare. Fitting for this month. At the end of March, we have a day that is real and has an unusual name. This year it will be on the 30.

That is Good Friday when Christians celebrate the death of Jesus. What is good about a death? For Christians it is very important as it is the day that Jesus died to heal the relationship between God and humans.

Three days later, on Easter Sunday, this year on April 1, the rising from the dead of Jesus is celebrated.

What a celebration is held on that day. Reconciliation confirmed by resurrection for those who believe it.

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