Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter for materialists



Materialism is what there is without the holy smoke and mirrors. So what do materialists think about during the long Easter weekend — Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, Resurrection Sunday, Easter Egg Roll Monday?

The celebrated "events" are adequately covered by Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004) — except for the appearance of the Easter Bunny at the Easter Egg Roll. And there's Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956), which fills in the Passover story of Moses for the important context of the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples (on Maundy Thursday evening). Of course there's the four Gospels, which nobody reads, each book telling varying versions of the story. A time to catch up, at least, on significant cultural icons of arts and schmaltz.

So what do all these Passover Suppers, Passions of Jesus, and Easter Egg Rolls leave us with? I'm not sure, but the restaurants serving Easter Sunday Brunches should be full.