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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Moveable Feast 2

Today I’m reading John 20:19 ‘On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”’

Yesterday I started this week’s blog with the history of how Easter became a “moveable feast” – a Christian holy day whose date is not fixed to a particular day of the calendar year, but moves in response to the cycle of the moon. (As opposed to Christmas, which is the same date every year). Other holidays (like Pentecost and Ascension Day) also are moveable feasts because they work off of the date for Easter.

But the phrase “Moveable Feast” is recognized more in our day because it was used by 20th century American novelist Ernest Hemingway as the title for his memoirs of his early life as a struggling writer in Paris in the 1920’s. Woody Allen just released a movie called “Midnight in Paris” that recreates that time period. Hemingway once said to a friend: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

For Hemingway, a “Moveable Feast” meant the memory of a splendid place that continues to go with the moving traveler for the rest of life, after he has had the experience of it and gone away. I don’t think that’s a bad way to think about the celebration of Easter or the experiences of the disciples with the resurrected Lord. A memory of a splendid place that sticks with you.

Do you have special memories of times when you encountered Christ is a unique way? Do you have memories of special places where you encountered Christ. A summer camp? A retreat? A vacation time? Are those a ‘moveable feast’ for you? Sometimes I think of these as peak experiences – the mountain peaks of the past where God met you. If you keep a journal you might want to write about what those memories mean to you this Easter season.


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