On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food
filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And
he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over
all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will
swallow up death forever.
—Isaiah 25: 6-7
Any of his former students will remember that the late Rev.
Frank Giudici was a stickler for biblical detail. I remember
his being particularly incensed at the ways in which prophets
in Hebrew scripture were misunderstood today.
He insisted that prophets were not fortune-tellers—they
didn’t predict the future—they simply but passionately
warned that if the people or their leaders continued to make
the same choices, they would inevitably experience the same
results. This is a principle on which Unity stands firm: Our
thoughts create our experiences.
These prophetic warnings were often accompanied by
vivid descriptions of the greater life experiences awaiting
those who changed their minds. In this passage, which is
one of this year’s lectionary readings for Easter Sunday, the
prophet we know as Isaiah describes the transformative life
experiences that could come with a change in consciousness.
Exile may be uncomfortable, but it’s an essential part of
our spiritual journey. (And compared to the painful slavery
in Egypt we’ve already experienced, it’s a piece of cake.) Exile
gives us time to reflect on the choices that have brought us
to this spiritual time-out and to consider the possibility of
making new choices going forward.
A feast of fine wines and rich food awaits us. But first
we must climb above distractions and fear to achieve the
mountaintop consciousness that represents our greatest
good. This feast is for “all peoples.” This will be a universal
experience of abundance, love, and good.
“And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that
is cast over all the peoples, the sheet that is spread over all
nations.” That shroud, I think, is our mortal forgetfulness
about who we truly are: pure Spirit engaged in a mortal
experience for unknown but certain spiritual purposes. The
sheet describes the fog of confusion in which we live, vaguely
sensing a spiritual dimension to life but too distracted to
fully explore it.
It was precisely to lift that sheet that Jesus Christ
undertook his ministry—to awaken people to the truth that
had been cloaked and covered by fear-based thoughts of
limitation and separation from an angry and judgmental
God. And he carefully framed the final days of that ministry
to offer the greatest possible demonstration of our power to
“swallow up death forever.”
Our celebration of Easter Sunday represents an affirmation
of the Christ presence within us that does, indeed, “swallow
up death forever” because we now know ourselves to be
eternal, indestructible Spirit. That awareness dissolves our
fears and takes away the sense of disgrace we may feel about
The Easter lectionary also includes the lovely, familiar
words of Psalm 118:24: “This is the day that the Lord has
made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Whether you sing the
words aloud or hold them silently in your heart, I affirm for
you this year the release of the Lenten experience, followed
by a deep and joyful Easter. Blessings!
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