Part One: Easter – Spring in the Desert

An old French proverb tells us, “There is no perfect marriage, for there are no perfect men.”

That may be true for human beings–just ask my wife–but, fortunately, it can happen in the creative realm. As I finished up our complete Exploration Communication Arizona Spring Photo Gallery, I got the idea for the perfect photo-remedy marriage.

With this being Holy Week for Christians, I thought it would work well to marry a sampling of this year’s original spring photos with Holy Scriptures.

As a result, photo-remedy postings today through Saturday will feature biblical readings that illustrate why the Easter-related historical events (that happened this week approximately 2,000 years ago) cannot be forgotten.

Holy week leads us to Easter, and as writer Scott P. Richert  has noted, “Easter is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. St. Paul wrote that, unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). Through his death, Christ saved mankind from bondage to sin, and He destroyed the hold that death has on all of us; but it is His Resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next.”

New life in the desert this spring; new life ‘in this world and the next’ for eternity. It’s a match made in heaven.

–  Greg

Today, Holy Thursday, we begin our three part Easter series with a reading from the Gospel of John.

John 13: 1- 15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.

He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,

“Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

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