Easter Ham and Deviled Eggs

Albert King – Cold Sweat

Today’s Quote: “Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal.” — Jesus to Judas Iscariot a few days before they celebrated Passover, from The Gospel of Judas

I’ve never really considered Judas to be a traitor, at least not after I began to read the Gospels. He was doing what he was destined to do, possibly having been told by Jesus to do it. I’ve heard evidence that Judas, as the treasurer of the group, may have gone to pay the temple tax on behalf of the group. The scriptures aren’t clear and the accounts don’t agree. It’s all subject to interpretation and speculation but it seems that Jesus has a pretty good idea of how the chain of events would play out and may have confided one-on-one with some of the apostles.

It seems from the gospels, that no one wanted responsibility for the “Jesus problem.” He was a thorn in the side for the Pharisees and the Temple hierarchy but because Jesus was so popular with the people, they didn’t want to be responsible for what might happen so they turned him over to the Roman authorities. Pilate saw it as Jewish problem and of only minor concern to him, so he left it to the people to decide (although there is no historical evidence of the custom to release a prisoner for Passover). I think it’s entirely possible that the high priests could have planted agents in the crowd to inflame them against Jesus in favor of Barbaras. Of course, this is all speculation on my part; I’m no expert on the Bible.

I just want to say that I enjoyed Easter dinner although I still find it a bit incongruous that Christians honor a Jewish man by feasting on ham. That’s probably my somewhat twisted historical and religious perspectives. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, he’s obviously deranged. What I found interesting about Easter this year is that it coincided with the Jewish Passover. In my mind Passover and Easter are irrevocably intertwined.

Music Trivia Quiz:
1. Whose first hit was If Not For You in 1971? A) Olivia Newton-John B) Helen Reddy C) Melanie
2. Who sang about Major Tom stranded out in space? A) Harry Nilsson B) Elton John C) David Bowie
3. Who had a triple platinum album called Zenyatta Mondatta in the 80s? A) Fleetwood Mac B) The Police C) Van Halen
4. In the Tori Amos song, what word follows “Professional”? A) Widow B) Lover C) Outcast
5. In the movie, When Harry Met Sally, whose music is featured? A) Frank Sinatra B) Harry Connick, Jr. C) Harry Nilsson

Here’s an interesting entry in the Dilbert blog about respecting other people’s beliefs. Even a lot of the comments are worth reading and much more rational than I would have expected given the subject matter.

Music Trivia Answers:
1. A) Olivia Newton-John [Previously recorded by both Bob Dylan and George Harrison in 1970. (Songfacts.com) Helen Reddy released I Am Woman in 1972. Melanie had a hit with Brand New Key in 1971.]
2. C) David Bowie [Bowie wrote Space Oddity after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Space Oddity” is a play on “Space Odyssey.” It tells the story of Major Tom, an astronaut who cuts off communication with Earth and floats into space. Major Tom is not based on a real person. (Songfacts.com) Harry Nilsson’s space song was Spaceman from Son of Schmilsson. Elton John did Rocket Man on his Honky Chateau album.]
3. B) The Police
4. A) Widow
5. B) Harry Connick, Jr. [In the restaurant scene, the woman who says, “I’ll have what she’s having” is Billy Crystal’s mother. I once saw an interview with Crystal who said that the fake orgasm in that scene actually caused him to ejaculate and he was embarrassed because he’d had an orgasm in front of his mother.]

I knew 1, 2, and 3.


Author: Rick

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