March 27, 2016 – Eggs

I once heard a speaker say, “You don’t buy a banana, you buy a banana peel. You believe in the integrity of nature , that inside that peel there will be a white fruit, maybe with a few bruises but you believe a banana will be in there.”
Eggs uphold the same integrity. But on Easter they do not. We dye them. We place them in a solution of vinegar and dye and soak them. As we opened these eggs today, my boys were astonished to see that the colors had seeped through and colored select spots on the solid sheer egg white beneath.
An interesting practice on a day in which so many celebrate the relationship of humanity and the divine, mortality and immortality, life and death. As humans we are not like bananas or eggs. What we appear to be is at best a front for the emotional and reactionary condition that is the human soul. In each season of our life we are dipped into new and broken relationships, successes and failures, tragedy and comedy. These experiences seep through our seemingly rough shells creating a chaotic pattern of color on the canvas beneath.
Is that what keeps the churches and cathedrals packed on Easter Day? Are we trying to find the integrity that we once held? Or are we looking for an integrity that is beyond banana peels and egg shells?

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4 thoughts on “March 27, 2016 – Eggs

  1. Interesting comparison. My favorite sentence in your post is “These experiences seep through our seemingly rough shells creating a chaotic pattern of color on the canvas beneath.” Reminds me of my favorite quote of Tennyson’s Ulysses: “I am a part of all that I have met.”

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  2. I think, maybe, you hit the proverbial nail on the head when you summoned up the word integrity. We must each march to the tune of the integrity that guides us through our lives. As we push through this world we draw close that which is important and push away that which is not. Open our shells, our peels, when we feel it is right.

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