Jewish Journal

Anne Lamont: ‘Easter people living in a Good Friday world’

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 8, 2012 | 12:45 pm

Today is, for good reason, my favorite Christian holiday. Easter’s message is crucial to Christianity. But year in and year out, it is difficult to realize new things, or at least remember forgotten things, from an old holiday.

This interview that Anne Lamont, the novelist and essayist, did last year with NPR helps. In particular, this comment:

“Well, it’s the most profound holiday in the Christian tradition,” Lamott says. “And I think two things really come to mind. One is something that the great writer Barbara Johnson said, which is that we are Easter people living in a Good Friday world. And I think that every year the world seems more of a Good Friday world. And it’s excruciating, whether it’s Japan, or Libya, or whether its your own best friends and their children who are sick, which is something that makes no sense when you think about a loving God. But it’s a time when we get to remember that all the stuff that we think makes us of such value, all the time we spend burnishing our surfaces, is really not what God sees. God, he or she, loves us absolutely unconditionally, as is. It’s a come as you are party.”

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