Editor's Note: I have always appreciated the melding of the sister religions, Judaism and Christianity, that occurs on Pesach or Passover. Jesus was a Jew, and the Last Supper was a traditional Passover seder. The wine and the matzoh took on different meanings for the proto-Christians at that seder, but the essentials in both major religions are all there.
As the firstborn son of a firstborn son of a firstborn son of firstborn son who is the father of yet another firstborn son, I take the Fast of the Firstborn seriously. So, sadly, I will not be able to enjoy any food today--preparation day--but happily I at least can enjoy the meal vicariously through John's beautiful poem.