Sometime in the early ‘70’s, I was blessed with the opportunity to see my first Broadway play…when it finally got to Las Vegas, where I had grown up. It was advertised as being a rock opera, and it was called Jesus Christ Superstar.
It is one of the best memories of my life that I almost didn’t get to have.
There must have been much controversy advertised, because when I told my mom I was going to see it, she told me I couldn’t go because it was “blasphemous”. I was stunned that she even knew about the play, let alone had such a strong opinion against it, but then a miracle happened. She said that the Pope had gone to see it and he had said it was wonderful…which meant that it was OK for me to go see it too.
Throughout the years I have had all the recorded versions of the album starting with vinyl and 8-track cassettes all the way up to storing my favorite music within the pages of an internet website.
I saw it live again here in Seattle a couple of years ago, and when I proudly wear my “Jesus Christ Superstar” T-shirt, there is always someone who comments on how much they love it too.
It was made into a movie that I have seen countless times, listened to the music even more times than that, and yet I still didn’t get the whole message.
Last week I had recorded the movie on my cable DVR and was watching it…again…when one of the lines in a song jumped out at me.
The song was called “Heaven on Their Minds”, and Judas was singing to Jesus.
He said, “ You’ve begun to matter more than the things you say”.
I finally saw the truth within these words. It is a truth that fits every person within the confinement of a specific religion that follows a specific leader. Last year I had written a blog post called “The Golden Rule” that kind of touched base with the idea of how different religious leaders are saying the same things, but we all grow up in different cultures and different religions. Within each of those religions, we are all taught that our religion is the “true” religion and we are God’s “chosen”, effectively separating us from each other.
I have found that my ability to love is so much stronger now that I embrace all the religions of the world, so let’s all play a different game.
Instead of playing “Follow the Leader” let’s play “Follow the Message”.
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My name is Laura Mozer Davis, and I was born over half a century ago. My life’s journey has included raising three children as a single parent while caring for my parents who both became disabled during the last 10 years of their lives. Now that my children are grown and my parents have passed into the next part of their journey, I finally have time for me to grow as a person, not as just a care-giver. What I am learning, however, is that my destiny is to always be a care-giver. When I started writing for The Daily Sisterhood blog, I realized that I was to continue my care-giving through my writing. If my words help even just one person find either solace or joy, I know my life continues to have meaning.