We were out and about today, in more or less the same weather, and the same part of the South Downs as last year.
The day was bright and sunny, with a sharp breeze, and clear views across the downs. Whole families were enjoying the holiday, children laughing and rolling down a steep little slope as children have for generations, pushchairs, picnic rugs, chatter, easter egg hunting. It was such a lovely, carefree, happy atmosphere.
And why not?
After all, it all happened a long time ago, a long way away.
Last year, I saw this tiny little scene, in a churchyard up on the South Downs.
I'm glad the crosses were empty. Sometimes I have been accosted in the street by people thrusting pamphlets at me and telling me that the world is evil and getting worse. I won't agree. At least we don't do crucifixion as a punishment any more. Jesus was only one of thousands who must have been put to death that way - horrific, barbaric, uncivilised.