‘Go to work on an egg…!’
Eggs are good for you. They provide protein and healthy nourishment. Not surprising really, as eggs are, quite literally, the stuff of life.
A campaign some years ago encouraged us to eat more eggs –‘Go to work on an egg!’ it proclaimed. And, of course, there are many ways to eat an egg: scrambled, poached, fried, or boiled (hard or soft?) And if you like to disguise an egg, how about eating it in cake or as eggy bread?
The enduring symbol of Easter, whether we like it or not, has become the Easter egg. A sign of indulgence after Lent, a metaphor for the empty tomb, and, above all, the celebration of new life. Eggs contain all the cells and DNA for new life to form. But they need to be fertilised and they need to be nurtured if they are to hatch.
Jesus’ resurrection is God’s gift of new life, offered to us at Easter: the promise of life with real meaning which goes beyond death. That life is present, with all its potential in each one of us – and is celebrated at baptism when we die and rise with Christ in the womb of the font. Baptism can be seen as a ‘fertilisation’ of the potential of life God gives us, a welcoming in of the life-giving breath of God which is the Holy Spirit. At baptism and confirmation, and annually at Easter, we pledge to nurture the new life God has given us throughout our lives.
As a community of faith – the family of God – we all have a responsibility to nurture the risen life of Easter in one another. That is our work: the incubation of the love of God, until we can know it in full in the Kingdom of heaven.
So ‘Go to work on an egg!’