The Last Supper at the full moon
Shortly before Easter, we are taking a look at Christianity and notice that a very important event must have taken place at the full moon: the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples. From a historical point of view, the Last Supper derives from the Jewish Passover feast (Seder), which traditionally takes place on the eve of Passover. This meal is being celebrated on the 14th Nisan, which is always the first full moon after the spring equinox – the beginning of spring. This is how later, the calculation of the Easter date had been determined: »Easter takes place on the Sunday after the first full moon in spring.«
The Bible says in the Gospel of Mark, with regard to the preparations of the Last Supper: »Where do you want us to go to prepare the Passover meal for you?« (Mk 14:12). So, the Last Supper was a passover meal and took place at the full moon.
Further, the story goes that on this evening the kiss of Judas took place, which betrayed Jesus, left him at the mercy of his enemies and led to his arrest. This fateful kiss also, took place at the full moon. And indeed, there are artistic representations of the kiss of Judas, where this is exhibited.
These days were marked by severe events and as so often when taking a look at history, the question arises, what actions humans are capable of. Unfortunately, current doings do not inspire confidence, as to any changes that may occur at some point in time. Too much misery, too many wars and too much injustice is happening all around us. On the other hand, an important foundation of every religion is not to give up hope and to find trust in the good. The faith in the light and a higher power holds assurance for many people.
The light of the Moon accompanies us. It is what it is. Maybe we can learn something from it.