Today we talk about starting from a place of respect rather than demanding it be earned. Today is a day recognizing and celebrating redemption. We feel that like love, it’s something that’s over emphasized in American culture and Christianity, we feel love is something that has to grow and that you can’t possibly love everyone. Redemption is intertwined with forgiveness and you don’t need to forgive someone unless you’ve been hurt or betrayed. The same goes with redemption, you only need redemption unless you’ve done something to hurt or betray. We believe that we are born with divine grace and do not need to be redeemed, this of course is the opposite of Western thought and cosmology.
Instead of love, we feel that compassion should be emphasized as something we strive for because without that, we cannot love or forgive. And you cannot have compassion without being aware or in the case of what Julie says, you need to know your enemy. Knowing who someone is allows for compassion which in turn allows for forgiveness and love to take place. At the same time, though, as we talk about, in our contemporary society, you do not need to love everyone and you do not need to forgive someone if you don’t feel it’s deserved. For us, forgiveness is often the opportunity you give to the person who abused you to abuse you more. Listen to this audio by clicking the video image below.
Every Easter Sunday we make a Persian herb and leek frittata that is traditionally served on the first day of Spring, the Persian New Year. Here’s a recipe that we use for making Kuku Sabzi. Happy Easter!
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