The supermarkets give us ample warning that Easter is approaching. Hot cross buns, chocolate novelties and eggs of all sizes and colours are given highly visible promotional locations throughout the stores.
For some people this is what the season of Easter is all about. For others, the season has a deeply religious meaning. It is a time to think about the sacrifice a bloke called Jesus made for the principles in which he believed.
Perhaps we could spend a portion of the holiday break counting our lucky stars we are living here in Australia. A country not ravaged by war, border conflicts or ethnic cleansing.
Yet, are we really the lucky country when we see around us our youth sacrificing themselves to drug addiction and providing the statisticians with one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Are we too busy looking after our own adult interests to notice that young people need hope and encouragement to survive their difficult teen years?
The bloke who died on the cross 2000 years ago spoke a message of love and caring for one another. Perhaps this Easter could be the time when we resolve to spread that message to some of the young people with whom we come in contact.