These days are “Holy Days”
for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
Those religious holidays aligning
only happens every 33 years.
I wish we could sit all around tables
and celebrate together:
Old and young,
religious and less religious, but spiritual.
And then invite also all those
who don’t feel like they belong.
Invite them with open arms,
without trying to change or “convert” anybody
or thinking that this was the religious task and duty.
Instead, just sharing the joy of our stories of
Easter, Ramadan and Passover-
Being inclusive and hospitable,
no strings attached,
no expectations held,
just love extended to each other
and to our beaten-up world:
to our grieving neighbors,
our lonely co-workers,
our anxious children,
our seeking teenagers.
Let’s join hands and hearts
and make religious groups
open spaces for healing,
for hospitality and recovery.
We are all in this together!