I participated in the Lenten journey culminating with Palm Sunday, Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter. On Good Friday we reflected on the passion and crucifixion of Christ and how he despised the 4 classical addictions or great temptations – wealth, pleasure, power and honour (cf. Thomas Aguinas and Bishop Barron).
At the root of these classical addictions is fear, particularly fear of death. To counter that fear, people aggrandise the ego decorating it with the approval of others or stuffing it with worldly goods. The crucified Jesus was utterly detached from these including the esteem of others and experienced the limits of dishonour. He loved the Will of His Father which is more powerful than anything the world or the ego of earthly powers can muster.
I recently experienced an election period darker than I’ve ever witnessed in Nigeria. I saw the ego raping an entire country. I saw the ego snatching and holding on to power using killing, maiming, violence, ethnic profiling, vile propaganda and falsehood as tools. I saw the dominion of the ego. It lacked basic positive values and the audacity of truth. I saw its attachment to wealth, power, pleasure and honour covered in a fragile cloak of respectability and desperate hunger for approval. It was and remains dismally repulsive.
May the light of Easter deepen our awareness of the dominion of the ego in our own lives. May we find in the resurrection the power and courage to shatter the ego, see the truth about ourselves, what we do and what we fail to do. May we enthrone the will and love of God.
Have a truly transformational Easter!!
© Dr. Mirian Kene, 2023
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